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San Francisco leaders urge archbishop to skip controversial event

The archbishop of San Francisco is taking heat from several prominent politicians for attending an event that some say is being organized by an anti-gay hate group.

Mayor Ed Lee and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom sent a letter to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone urging him not to attend a rally next week organized by the National Organization for Marriage.

The group publishes material that connects homosexuality with pedophilia.

"This particular march has a lot of acid to it, if you will," Lee said. "Some extreme views, and some accusations that would cause even a wider rift."

Lee says the Catholic Church should move to unite people on same-sex marriage.

Archbishop Cordileone helped raise $1.5 million for Proposition 8, banned gay marriage in California before being overturned.
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