Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on Easter Sunday defended the Catholic Church’s stance on marriage, but suggested more could be done to reach out to gays and lesbians.

“God has told us that the way to happiness, that – especially when it comes to sexual love – that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally,” said Dolan on ABC’s “This Week.”

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His comments come after the issue of same-sex marriage took center stage last week with the Supreme Court hearing two cases questioning the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Dolan, though, cautioned that the Church must “do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people.”

“I admit, we haven't been too good at that.  We try our darndest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody.  We're in the defense of what God has taught us about – about marriage.  And it's one man, one woman, forever, to bring about new life,” he added. “We’ve got to better… to try to take that away from being anti-anybody.”

Polls show a majority of voters now back same-sex marriage, with high support among the young. That shift has been mirrored on Capitol Hill, where last week a number of high-profile Democratic senators, including many from swing or traditionally GOP strongholds announced their support for gay marriage.

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Reddit hires first lobbyists Senate panel approves bill compelling researchers to ‘hack’ DHS MORE (R-Ohio) earlier this month also became the first GOP senator to support same-sex marriage, citing his openly-gay son for his new stance. 

But other prominent Republicans, including Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (Ohio) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE (Fla.) have opposed gay-marriage.