San Francisco’s New Archbishop Is Committed to Fighting Marriage Equality

Advocates for marriage equality in California now have another prominent religious official acting as an obstacle:

Salvatore Cordileone, the Roman Catholic bishop of Oakland who was recently named archbishop-elect of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI, is an especially loud anti-equality voice in the Catholic community, too.

Neal Broverman of The Advocate writes:

Cordileone not only helped get the 2008 proposition that snatched marriage rights away from gay Californians on the ballot, he currently heads a subcommittee for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that is tasked with denying marriage equality.

Cordileone raised millions for Prop. 8, gathered a religious army to vote in droves for the measure, and led a rally in San Diego against gay marriage that included people who try to “convert” gay people straight. After Prop. 8 narrowly passed, Cordileone  was quoted as saying, “the ultimate attack of the Evil One is the attack on marriage.”

For those of us who are sick of religious arguments against equal rights, perhaps the best summary of the situation comes from a sarcastic commenter named Ethan:

I love that God’s most pressing concern, in the minds of many people, is determining who gets to trade rings with whom.


About Camille Beredjick

Camille is a twentysomething working in the LGBT nonprofit industry. She runs an LGBT news blog at gaywrites.org.

  • HughInAz

    Look at that costume – could he possibly look any gayer?

    • Glasofruix

      Not to mention that this cute little dress of his must cost a shitload of money.

    • Erp

       He can’t help the costume much but his appointment is scary especially if he decides to crack down on the churches in the diocese which concentrate on issues such as helping the homeless and hungry and being open to all instead of being anti-marriage and anti-choice.  Fortunately my local university’s catholic community is just outside his diocese (the hierarchy in it is fairly liberal).

    • Ibis3

      FFS. The costume is frilly to modern sensibilities, so that makes it unacceptable for a guy to wear, because it’s too effeminate, therefore to be despised. Could you possibly be any more of a sexist asshole?

      • HughInAz

        You’re slipping – you forgot to add “misogynist” and “rapist”.

  • 3lemenope

    Apropos of nothing, when I glanced the first line: 

    “Advocates for marriage equality in California now have another prominent religious official acting as an obstacle”

    …I read it as:

    “Advocates for marriage equality in California now have another prominent religious official acting as an asshole”

    Caused a double-take.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      Eh, asshole, obstacle, same diff…

  • Guest

    If the catholic church does not want to support gay marriage, it’s their right. They also refuse marriage sacraments to divorced couples. But they really need to keep their hands out of state affairs. There is still civil marriage that needs allow everyone to get married.jerks.

  • http://twitter.com/aleriverahe Alejandra Rivera

    He’s two letters away from his name revealing himself for what he really is: a mobster for the biggest, best-funded organised crime gang in the world…

  • http://twitter.com/RantBot5000 RantBot Grikmeer

    His name is only two letters away from identifying himself for what he really is. A mobster for the largest organised crime syndicate on the planet…

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    The Catholic Church is a fascinating example of an organism that is fossilizing before death.  

  • gski

    Hey Sal, no amount of incense will
    cover the stink.
     

  • Corey

    they seem more anti-equality than anti-child rape.

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.gwinn Don Gwinn

    The Evil One . . . . . is he talking about Voldemort?  ‘Cause I’ll totally say the name, man, I don’t care.

  • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    Anybody ever notice that the arch- prefix is used almost exclusively to emphasize  evil? We have archfiends and archvillains, but not a lot of archheroes. The hierarchy of the Catholic church, both among its leadership and its gods, certainly reflects this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1220871538 Alan Eckert

    His supporters will most likely (if they haven’t already) to Daniel in the Lion’s Den being in SF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerome-Reiter/1145246501 Jerome Reiter

    Cordileone still has not explained why he was arrested for DUI recently with a teen male foreign exchange student about to be alone with the bishop in his car near 1 AM when the cops pulled the car over.   The anti-gay bishop got a lawyer and copped to a lesser plea, but he went further and got the mention of the lad expunged from news accounts. I have never seen that done.  What is he hiding?


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