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San Francisco archbishop addresses participants in March for Marriage at U.S. Capitol

Stand Strong, San Francisco!

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By Tony Perkins

Last June, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined a host of leftwing groups in denouncing San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for his decision to speak at the March for Marriage in Washington D.C.

Cordileone responded to his critics, making it quite clear he wasn’t backing down from the March for Marriage. As a Bishop, “(I am) required…” he wrote, “to proclaim the truth — the whole 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. ”

By attacking the Archbishop, these groups were clearly trying to squelch any debate over marriage. They certainly don’t want the truth about marriage to be heard. The attacks prompted Catholic San Francisco, to publish an in-depth look yesterday at how the George Soros-funded Faithful America and the Southern Poverty Law Center use hate labeling to smear those who disagree with them. The article directly addresses the several charges that SPLC has leveled against pro-family groups including the SPLC complaint that FRC has noted the health risks involved in homosexual behavior. The Archdiocese dismisses the SPLC criticism by pointing out that “public health department statistics support the Family Research Council position.”

As the debate over marriage continues, those who uphold natural marriage would do well to look at the courageous example of Archbishop Cordileone — who is standing up for the truth about marriage and doing so in a way that is thoughtful, and respectful. Keep standing!

Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.

(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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