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Head of Catholic Church in San Francisco decries gay marriage victories

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: Marriage is between man and woman 'or it is nothing at all'

It's already known that Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop of the Catholic Church in San Francisco, is a fervent supporter of Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in California.

So it's no surprise that following voters approving gay marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington this week, Cordileone would not be happy.

'No matter what policy, law or judicial decision is put into place, marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any children born of their union. It is either this, or it is nothing at all,' he wrote in a letter posted on the Archdiocese website.

In addition, voters in Minnesota rejected a ballot measure that would have banned gay marriage.

'November 6, was a disappointing day for marriage, as the effort to preserve the unique meaning of marriage in the law lost by only a narrow margin in four states, even though vastly outspent by those who promote the redefinition of marriage,' Cordileone also wrote.

His appointment to be head of a church in a city with such a large gay population and history of LGBT activism drew protests earlier this year.

Cordileone was officially installed just last month and was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

In 2008, he helped raise funds to get Prop 8 on the ballot box and donated approximately $6,000 of his own funds in support of the referendum.

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