George H. Niederauer


Age: 80

retired archbishop of San Francisco, California who helped to lead a contentious and successful 2008 California ballot measure to ban gay marriage when he gained notoriety during the campaign to pass Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriages and was credited with persuading leaders of the Mormon church to join the effort and donate $20 million to the campaign, but who said at the time that religious leaders have a constitutional right to speak on public policy and that Catholic bishops have a responsibility to teach church beliefs on marriage and family after a federal court overturned the marriage ban in 2010, but the ruling was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Born: June 14, 1936

Died: May 2, 2017

San Rafael, California