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Bill Daley asks cardinal to rethink funding cuts over gay marriage

FILE - In this June 17, 2013 file photo, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Daley is making his Illinois gubernatorial bid official and set to file paperwork Tuesday, July 30, 2013, with the Illinois Board of Elections. So far, he is Gov. Pat Quinn's only 2014 Democratic primary challenger. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
FILE - In this June 17, 2013 file photo, former White House chief of staff Bill Daley speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Daley is making his Illinois gubernatorial bid official and set to file paperwork Tuesday, July 30, 2013, with the Illinois Board of Elections. So far, he is Gov. Pat Quinn's only 2014 Democratic primary challenger. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful William Daley called Wednesday on Cardinal Francis George to back off his threat to cut off funding to an immigrant-rights coalition because of its support for same-sex marriage legislation at the Statehouse.

“My view on marriage equality and those of immigrant-aid groups who have similar views really are irrelevant to our collective duty to help those who are less fortunate,” Daley wrote in a letter to George.

Daley becomes the latest and one of the most prominent political voices to date to join in the pushback at George for his targeting of the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which has come out in support for same-sex marriage in the state.

As a lifelong Roman Catholic, Daley said he was “proud our church has been such a leader on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.

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