I was reading the paper this morning about the new Archbishop Nolan in NY, and one of the first things out of his mouth was that he would oppose in any way shape or form any attempt to legalize gay marriage in NY. Now, I know that being gay is against the Christian beliefs, so I know why you'd oppose it. My question is this.... If a person is gay, doesn't it stand to figure that the person is no longer a Christian? I've heard it said many times, "you can't be gay and be Christian." If this is true, then why does the church have a problem with gay marriage? It's not Christians who are gay and trying to marry, so isn't this in the strictest sense imposing their will upon those of other faiths? I've heard the argument that marriage is a Christian ritual, but isn't that a tad presumptuous? Couples have been uniting LONG before there was Christianity, so when did it become strictly a Christian notion? I'm not being condescending, I'm just curious as to why Christians feel they own the patent on marriage.