Leftist leaders ask Catholic Archbishop not to participate in ‘March for Marriage’

Leftist leaders ask Catholic Archbishop not to participate in ‘March for Marriage’

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone should reconsider his decision of participating in the upcoming "March for Marriage" in Washington D. C. as it would create division and hatred, gay advocacy leaders Ed Lee and Gavin Newsom have warned.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote a letter to Cordileone, asking him to join them in promoting reconciliation rather than division and hatred. The two Democrats cited Pope Francis' comments on gay-rights, in which the top Catholic leader stated that he would not oppose gays' rights if they have good will and search for the Lord.

Pope Francis' comments echoed the Catholic Church's Catechism that states that gays and lesbians should also be accepted with respect, sensitivity and compassion by the society.

In the letter, Lee and Newsom wrote, "We appreciate the many statements from Catholic leaders defending the human dignity of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people . we ask that you will reconsider your participation and join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred."

Cordileone, the chairman of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion & Defense of Marriage, has long been opposing same-sex marriage. He helped in raising nearly $1.5 million to get Proposition 8, the controversial measure that banned gay marriage in 2008.

The archbishop will participate in the March for Marriage in Washington D. C. on 19th of June, 2014. The march will be organized by National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Family Research Council (FRC) in partnership with some other anti-gay marriage groups.

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