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'The Archbishop of No' Is at It Again

San Francisco clergyman rallies for a Washington march for what he calls traditional marriage. 

Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone 

Salvatore Cordileone, whom San Francisco last year dubbed the "Archbishop of No," hasn't let his job in gay-marriage-friendly San Francisco change his views on matrimony.

In fact he's doubling down on his opposition, penning a letter encouraging other Catholic leaders to march this June in Washington to show support for what he calls, "the unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

The letter, which Cordileone signed as Chairman of the Church's Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage goes on to argue that, "the religious liberties and conscience rights of those who promote and defend marriage are increasingly threatened."

Even speaking to a Catholic audience, Cordileone frames his argument in explicitly political terms, rather than Church doctrine: "The March for Marriage will be an important means to promote and defend marriage for the good of our culture, to pray for our federal and state governments, and to stand in solidarity with people of good will," he wrote. "This is a critical time for marriage in our country, as marriage amendments are being struck down by federal courts and appeals of these decisions are being made."

Currently, 18 states as well as the District of Columbia, have full same sex-marriage rights.

 

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