San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore
Cordileone said Monday he would speak at an upcoming rally sponsored
by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and other groups
opposed to marriage equality.
Cordileone said it was his duty to
declare the truth “about the human person and God's will for our
flourishing. I must do that in season and out of season, even when
truths that it is my duty to uphold and teach are unpopular,
including especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union
of husband and wife. That is what I will be doing on June 19.”
Dozens of California leaders, including
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, and
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, had asked Cordileone to skip
Thursday's rally and march to the steps of the Supreme Court.
Headlining NOM's second annual March for Marriage will be former
presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.
“While we may disagree on the subject
of marriage equality, we do agree that every person is a child of
God, possessed of the spark of divinity and worthy of respect,”
wrote Pelosi, one of the country's most powerful Catholics.
Pelosi calls NOM's anti-gay marriage march “venom masquerading as
Cordileone defended his participation
in the event.
“The March for Marriage is not
'anti-LGBT' (as some have described it); it is not anti-anyone or
wrote. “Rather, it is a pro-marriage March. The latter does
not imply the former.”
“Please do not make judgments based
on stereotypes, media images and comments taken out of context,” he
added. “Rather, get to know us first as fellow human beings”
In 2008, Cordileone played a critical
role in getting Proposition 8 on the ballot. The NOM-backed
constitutional amendment was a response to a California Supreme Court
ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Proposition 8, which re-instituted a marriage ban, was struck down as
unconstitutional last year. Most recently, he
said he supports an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting
marriage to heterosexual couples.