- The Washington Times - Monday, June 16, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, urging him to cancel his appearance at a march for traditional marriage on the Supreme Court this Thursday.

The National Organization for Marriage plans to march on the Supreme Court in Washington, and Mr. Cordileone is one of the featured speakers, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco,” Mrs. Pelosi reportedly wrote to Mr. Cordileone, urging him to abandon an event in which some of the participants, she said, show “disdain and hate towards LGBT persons.”

“If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?” she asked. “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.”

The second annual March for Marriage seeks to draw thousands to the Supreme Court in support of “traditional marriage.” Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum are also slated to speak, The Chronicle reported.

“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,” Mr. Cordileone said in a letter defending the march.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a joint letter last week asking Mr. Cordileone not to attend the march, and an online petition demanding the same has garnered some 20,000 signatures, The Chronicle said.

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