Arthur Brisbane, who is departing his post as New York Times public editor in September, believes that the paper “overloves” gay marriage.

In his final column, Brisbane opined that his former employer treats marriage equality more like a cause than a news subject.

“When The Times covers a national presidential campaign, I have found that the lead editors and reporters are disciplined about enforcing fairness and balance, and usually succeed in doing so. Across the paper's many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism – for lack of a better term – that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.”

“As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects,” he wrote.

Margaret Sullivan, the former editor and vice president of The Buffalo Times, will succeed Brisbane next month.