In a scathing op-ed published on Tuesday, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan warns lawmakers against legalizing gay marriage, likening its legalization to a communist edict.

On Tuesday, after Governor Andrew Cuomo formally introduced the measure, five undecided senators, two Republicans and three Democrats, who had voted against a similar bill in 2009 reversed course, and said they would vote for marriage equality. With a vote expected to take place as early as Thursday, proponents have managed to close a wide gap in a very short period of time, but remain 1 vote shy of victory.

Dolan reacted to the quick developments in a blog post, simultaneously pleading with lawmakers to reconsider and suggesting that the state does not have the power to alter the definition of marriage.

“Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America – not in [communist] China or North Korea,” Dolan wrote. “In those countries, government presumes daily to 'redefine' rights, relationships, values, and natural law.”

“Our country's principles speak of rights given by God, not invented by government, and certain noble values – life, home, family, marriage, children, faith – that are protected, not re-defined, by a state omnipotence.”

“Please, not here! We cherish true freedom, not as the license to do whatever we want, but the liberty to do what we ought; we acknowledge that not every desire, urge, want or chic cause is automatically a 'right.' And, what about other rights, like that of a child to be raised with a mom and a dad?”

“Please don't vote to change that. If you do, you are claiming the power to change what is not into what is, simply because you say no. This is false, it is wrong, and it defies logic and common sense.”

“I … believe God, not Albany, has settled the definition of marriage a long time ago,” he added.