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George H. Niederauer, San Francisco archbishop who pushed for same-sex marriage ban, dies at 80

George H. Niederauer, San Francisco archbishop who pushed for same-sex marriage ban, dies at 80

A San Francisco archbishop who pushed a divisive yet successful 2008 California ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage has died.

George H. Niederauer died Tuesday of lung cancer at a San Rafael care facility, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco announced. He was 80.

Niederauer was regarded as a compassionate and tolerant leader when he was named archbishop after serving more than a decade as bishop of Salt Lake City, shifting from what then was one of the most conservative dioceses to the very epicenter of the gay rights movement.

Before arriving in 2005, Niederauer told the Los Angeles Times that he would be evenhanded in carrying out his new duties and...

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