State Supreme Court denies request to halt same-sex weddings in order to clarify legal issues

SAN DIEGO – The state Supreme Court today denied a request by San Diego County’s embattled clerk/assessor/recorder to temporarily halt same-sex weddings in California, a move he said he took in order to clarify legal issues and protect gay and lesbian couples.

Ernest Dronenburg filed the motion last week to find out how June’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage affects voter-passed Proposition 8 and whether the decision applies to all of California, or just Alameda and Los Angeles counties, where the couples that challenged the ballot measure live.

He said he also wanted to know whether county clerks, who are elected by voters, are independent or governed by state officials.

Proposition 8, which defines marriage in the state as between one man and one woman, was declared unconstitutional in rulings by lower courts. The U.S. Supreme Court did not rule on the law’s merits, but declared that backers of the ballot measure did not have standing to bring an appeal.

The state’s high court issued its denial without comment. State Attorney General Kamala Harris said Dronenburg’s petition did not bring up any new issues, and that all 58 counties were bound to issue marriage licenses to same- sex couples.

Earlier today, Dronenburg said he filed the stay request to protect gay and lesbian couples, since supporters of traditional marriage had promised renewed legal action.

”I asked for a stay because it’s cruel to set up people,” Dronenburg told CBS8. ”In 2004, the last time there was a case, the court came out against it and they had to unwrap 4,000 marriages — that is hurtful.”

Dronenburg spoke to reporters after a group of gay and lesbian Republicans called for a county investigation of his request.

Despite his action, the county clerk’s office has been issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

After Dronenburg took the action last week, Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox said the clerk was acting on his own.

Supervisor Dave Roberts, who is gay, told U-T San Diego on Monday that he wants the board to meet with county lawyers to explore options for dealing with Dronenburg’s action.

According to published reports, Dronenburg received help in preparing his stay request from Charles LiMandri, an area lawyer who was a major Proposition 8 supporter.

At a news conference after June’s court ruling, LiMandri vowed to seek a court order blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Dronenburg said the court action was filed at no cost to taxpayers.

Susan Jester, president of Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego County, which represents gay and lesbian GOP members, demanded the county clerk stop using his office to interfere with the law.

”I don’t believe it’s good government to mix your religious beliefs with your constitutional office duties,” Jester told NBC7/39. ”His job is to implement the law, not to try to change it.”

15 Responses to "State Supreme Court denies request to halt same-sex weddings in order to clarify legal issues"

  1. Lee   July 24, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Folks, correct me if I’m wrong here, but didn’t WE, THE PEOPLE, in this case Californians, vote AGAINST gay marriage with the Prop. 8 vote? Wasn’t that the case? Didn’t the MAJORITY of Californians vote against gay marriage? Yes or no? So what happened to the concept called democracy? Where’s the democracy? Where?

    Can somebody explain that one, please?

  2. local lesbian   July 24, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Ernie baby, wake up. It’s the 21st century. The train is pulling out of the station without you!

  3. @Lee   July 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Yes, We The People voted against it. It is called greed. Money, therefore, activists, in this case gays and lesbians, dangle the green and push the politicians in to ‘changing’ the written decisions of the people.

    Did we vote on the bail-outs? Wouldn’t have mattered, unfortunately, Panama, Costa Rica, etc., are looking better all the time.

  4. @Lee   July 24, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Don’t worry, life is short and God is the Judge of ALL of us…put it in His hands.

  5. Me   July 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Lee, I see you flunked civics class…..

  6. Ray (the real one)   July 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Don’t you folks realize voting is a waste of time.

  7. Donna from De Luz   July 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    What kind of person is this Dronenberg guy? Honestly, sometimes I am so ashamed to say I’m from here. A big shout out to all the gay guys and girls out there. We straight people support u so don’t let the haters get ya down!!!!! Love wins out every time!

  8. Curious   July 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Yes Comment#2, the train is leaving the station without many of us….but, where is it heading?

  9. ALL ABOARD THE FREEDOM TRAIN!   July 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Towards freedom and away from bigots like you, curious #8

  10. @4   July 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Shouldn’t you be out somewhere rapturing? Having a convo with your magic sky daddy?

  11. @3   July 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Yup, think about all that wasted money just so you KKKristians can mess with us gay people. I was 17 when prop hate passed and I’ll never forgive and never forget.

  12. Curious   July 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    @Comment #9: That is a good answer, however, make sure that while the train is leaving and gathering speed to get away from those of us who simply don’t see eye to eye with you (not bigots, just regular people) that while you are all looking back and waving, and laughing, and jeering, and making obscene gestures that someone needs to be facing the front and be on the lookout, lest you all go over a cliff.

  13. Gay taxpayer   July 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    By all means number 3. Please move to Panama, Costa Rica, any place that will take you would be fine by us. I think the country would be infinitely better off without you and people like you. Good bye, have a pleasant journey and please don’t bother to write!

  14. Sad   July 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    @Comments #10 & #!!. Wow. Talk about someone filled with hate. Look in the mirror.

  15. Ex-Catholic   July 24, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Anything that drives another nail into the coffin of the Mother Church can’t be bad. Sounds like good news.


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