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New details on Catholic, Mormon leaders' role on Proposition 8

December 4, 2008 |  6:30 pm

There is something of a new revelation involving the cooperation between San Francisco's Catholic archbishop and the Mormon church in the campaign to pass Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California. These ties don't seem in themselves to be too big a surprise -- though it's possible that somewhere in this bitter fight will be a smoking gun of something. Details from AP:

San Francisco’s Roman Catholic archbishop says he invited leaders of the Mormon Church to get involved in the campaign to pass a gay marriage ban in California this year. Archbishop George Niederauer said he issued the invitation at the request of his fellow bishops. Niederauer wrote a column to be published in a diocesan newspaper Friday. In it, he says staff from the California Catholic Conference informed him in May that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had actively supported a similar measure eight years ago. Niederauer served as bishop of Salt Lake City for 11 years before moving to San Francisco. He says his service in Salt Lake City prompted him to send a letter to Mormon leaders there asking them to cooperate again.

--Shelby Grad