San Diego County Clerk Attempts To Halt Same-Sex Marriages In California
Updated Wednesday, 1:45 p.m. PST
...And like clockwork, the California Supreme Court has struck down a petition by San Diego County clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr. to halt same-sex marriages in the state.
Without comment, the California Supreme Court rejected a request from the elected government official in charge of issuing marriage licenses in San Diego County for an order halting gay marriages, which resumed in the state last month for the first time since the ban passed in November 2008.
Sadly we doubt this is the last we'll hear about it. These Prop. 8 advocates are like cockroaches.
Citing the need for "clarification" on legalization of same-sex marriage, San Diego County clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr. has filed a petition asking the California Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages.
In the latest legal wrangling over gay marriage in California, the San Diego County clerk filed a petition Friday afternoon asking the state Supreme Court to halt same-sex weddings pending a court hearing.
Such weddings resumed June 28, two days after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a lower court's ruling invalidating Proposition 8 to become law.
But Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. argued that the court should halt weddings while it considers the argument that the federal court ruling should apply only to the two couples who sued over Proposition 8, as well as to the county clerks in Alameda and Los Angeles counties, where the couples live.
Dronenburg, 69, is an elected Republican whose office is in charge of issuing marriage licenses in San Diego County.
San Diego County's Board of Supervisors, a majority of whom are Republican, sought to distance themselves from Dronenburg's action, which was filed for him by Charles S. LiMandri, a Rancho Santa Fe attorney and leader of the bid to restrict marriage to a man and a woman.
"The county clerk has acted independently on this matter,'' board Supervisor Greg Cox said. "No one else from the county was consulted or had any part of this court action, including the Board of Supervisors. The county's position is and always has been that we, the county, will follow applicable law with regards to same-sex marriage."
Supervisor David Roberts, who is gay, said that as soon as he heard what Dronenburg had done, he demanded a meeting to find out his motives.
"I was livid, to say the least," Roberts said. "As the first LGBT supervisor, with a married partner, I felt this was a slap in the face. But he says that's not what this is about. We'll see."
Roberts said Dronenburg told him that he merely wants legal clarification and has no intention of refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples. If that occurs, Roberts said, the county supervisors will step in to ensure they are issued.
"We aren't going to let that happen," Roberts said. "We believe in the law."
While it doesn't appear that Dronenburg's attempt to stop same-sex marriages has any chance of being successful, it's still one more example of how desperate marriage equality opponents are to deny us of our rights.
Once again, we say: MOVE ON.