The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

About San Francisco’s newly installed Bishop (i.e. one of NOM’s chief architects)

October 05, 2012, by Jeremy Hooper, Guest Contributor

Since Bishop Salvatore Cordileone was just installed by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, it's pertinent to remind folks that Cordileone was one of the earliest people involved with the National Organization For Marriage in its infancy.  

What follows is a clip of Cordileone giving a speech at one of the first NOM events to ever take place, happening just three or four months after the organization officially launched.  And as you will hear, the Bishop used part of his time with those early NOM supporters to talk not about marriage but rather the Catholic church's work turning "people with same-sex attraction" into "healthy and virtuous" citizens (which is typcially code for celibacy):  

"we have support groups for people with same-sex attraction to support them in living a healthy and virtuous life so that they might avoid behaviors which so often end in self-destruction"

All involved with NOM insist that Cordileone—who was then the auxillary bishop of San Diego—was one of the primary people that led to the organization that we now know and expose.  Early NOM docs bear out the association:

NOM document showing connection with Cordileone

So congrats, San Francisco—you've got yourself a "culture war" architect.  There is the Bay known for its diversity is a Bishop who helped create an organization that routinely decries the very values of your fair city.