San Francisco Catholic Leader Sought Mormon Cooperation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's Roman Catholic archbishop
says he invited leaders of the Mormon Church to get involved in the
campaign to ban gay marriage in California.

Archbishop George Niederauer says he issued the invitation at the request of his fellow bishops.

Niederauer wrote a column to be published in a diocesan newspaper today. 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 was 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 asking them to cooperate again.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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