The County Clerk of San Diego wants the California state Supreme Court to make marriage laws just for him — and bring Prop 8 back to life, even though every credible legal source has already deemed it both unconstitutional and no longer the law.
Ernest J. Dronenburg, San Diego’s County Clerk and one of many clerks across the state who are required to issue marriage licenses in accordance with state law, late Friday afternoon filed a petition with the California Supreme Court — as if they haven’t had to spend countless hours already dealing with anti-equality lunatics — demanding the Court issue “an immediate temporary stay” on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Dronenburg, in his petition, claims the law just isn’t clear enough — despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant standing to the group Protect Marriage, aka Yes On 8, aka the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund, essentially leaving Judge Vaughn Walker’s verdict intact.
But Dronenburg isn’t going to let any of that legal mumbo-jumbo get in his way of not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
And Dronenburg’s lawyers, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, it should be noted, have on their board of directors one concerned citizen of note not mentioned in his Supreme Court petition: Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, the group that was the top financial contributor responsible for getting Prop 8 on the ballot in 2008.
Fortunately, Dronenburg really doesn’t have a chance.
“The filing offers no new arguments that could deny same-sex couples their constitutionally protected civil rights,” California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris sid in a statement. “The federal injunction is still in effect, and it requires all 58 counties to perform same-sex marriages. No exceptions.”
And Dronenburg’s boss apparently was blindsided.
Dronenburg, San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox notes, “has acted independently on this matter. 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.”
Of course, Equality California was quick to respond.
“This is an outrageous and desperate attempt that is without merit,” Equality California Executive Director John O’Connor said via a statement. “Our Attorney General Kamala Harris’ swift response asserting that all 58 counties are required to perform same-sex marriages without exception, further illustrates the importance of electing pro-equality leaders to office. We thank our Attorney General for her continued leadership!”
Dronenburg, by the way, “says 19 of his fellow county clerks will be filing similar requests on Monday,” Buzzfeed notes.
So, Mr. Dronenburg, good luck with getting the state of California to make laws specifically for you.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the Supreme Court left both the Ninth Circuit’s Prop 8 verdict and Judge Walker’s verdict intact. The Supreme Court actually voided the Ninth Circuit’s ruling leaving Walker’s verdict intact.
Image: Ernest J. Dronenburg via County of San Diego Board of Supervisors
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