SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco’s Roman Catholic Archbishop is one of the headline speakers at a national march for traditional marriage next week in Washington, but local politicians are asking him not to go.
Mayor Ed Lee, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and others have sent a letter to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone asking him not to participate in next Thursday’s annual March for Marriage, led by the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council.READ MORE: Man Who Spent 46 Years In Prison Wrongly Convicted of San Francisco Rape, Murder Finally Exonerated
“We think that this particular march has a lot of acid to it, if you will,” said Lee. The mayor characterized the march as having some extreme views and accusations that would cause a wider rift between San Francisco and the Roman Catholic Church.
Lee added that the organizers are among the most vitriolic anti-gay groups in the country. Meanwhile, the groups have already denounced the letter from the politicians, calling them “hypocritical liberals” and “radical activists.”