California lawmakers are urging the archbishop of San Francisco to remove morality clauses from a teachers' handbook they say are discriminatory.

Eight state lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone saying the clauses "foment a discriminatory environment."

Cordileone earlier this month presented teachers at the archdiocese's four high schools with a statement that says Catholic school employees are expected to conduct their public lives in a way that doesn't undermine or deny the church's doctrine.

The statement outlines the church's teaching that using contraception is a sin and that sex outside of marriage, whether it is in the form of adultery, masturbation, pornography or gay sex, is "gravely evil."

The archbishop said the statement would be added to the faculty handbooks.