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Against Church, some religious NYers support gay marriage

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan didn’t speak about legalization of gay marriage during his sermon Sunday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but afterward he told reporters that “it’s not good for the common good," and that "society and culture is at its peril."

Some worshippers, however, were turned off by the Church's stance.

“It makes me question the Church. I don't like it," said Alejandro Gutierrez, 45, of Roosevelt Island. “I didn't go to Church for many years, and now coming back, it hurts me that they have this position."

Julie Wilden, 36, of Murray Hill, agreed.

"I feel like most New Yorkers are pretty much over this as an issue, even religious people," she said. "This has been such a long time coming that now that it's finally here, it's just time to celebrate and move on."

But Vicki Munson, 44, of the Upper East Side, said that although the debate can be confusing for some Christians, in the end faith takes precedence.

"It's kind of hard to reconcile. We want to live our lives by the Bible, but sometimes it's hard because it doesn't agree with all of our beliefs," she said. "Ultimately, it's the word of God, and we have to follow that."

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