-- Archbishop of San Francisco

-- Known as "father of Proposition 8" for his outsized role in that fight

 

Facts

-- Insists that homosexuality = "behaviors and lifestyles so often lead to self-destruction;" advocates for "change"

-- At National Organization For Marriage event in California in 2007, advocated for "support groups for people with same-sex attraction to support them in living a healthy and virtuous life so that they might avoid behaviors that so often end in self-destruction" (begins at 1:09)

-- On gay people and their supposed need to get help: "[W]e love them too much to tell them a lie. But, rather, we love you so much that we are going to try to affirm you living in the way that God intended you to live; to affirm you in friendship, and especially try to encourage joining a support group."

-- Says of marriage equality: "the ultimate attack of the Evil One is the attack on marriage."

-- Speaking on marriage equality (in this case in Minnesota), insisted that "sexual relationships outside of the marital context of husband and wife"..."are actually harmful to individuals and to society as a whole"

-- As of 2012, serves on the "Body of Members" for Courage, an organization that insists gay Catholics must live celibate lives

-- Opposes employment protections for LGBT people, stating in a joint letter that "homosexual conduct has no claim to any special protection by the state."

-- Part of a behind-the-scenes group that is concocting an "action plan" to stop marriage equality

-- Insists that legalizing same-sex marriage is akin to legalizing male-breastfeeding

--  Saying that “our society does not operate in an amoral or value-less vacuum,” demanded that marriage equality is "tragic for California, for the nation, and especially for children"

-- Opposes civil unions, saying it "promotes the crossing of moral boundaries": Bishop Cordileone reaffirmed the remarks of Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, who after the civil union vote indicated that “a civil union can never be accepted as a legitimate alternative to holy matrimony” because it promotes an unacceptable lifestyle, undermines marriage, and causes confusion and scandal. “As pointed out by Bishop Tobin,” Bishop Cordileone said, “the legalization of civil unions in Rhode Island further erodes marriage’s unique status and meaning and promotes the crossing of moral boundaries. In no way can civil union measures be considered a permissible compromise or a step in advancing the common good; instead, they directly violate principles of justice and accelerate the push to redefine marriage itself.”

-- Openly endorsed a piece of legislation that would ban same-sex marriage in the US Constitution 

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