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CA Supreme Court Rejects SD Clerk's Request To Halt Same-Sex Marriages

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac06de7f970d-800wiOn Tuesday the California Supreme Court denied a request filed by San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg to halt gay marriages in California until the Court can review whether Proposition 8 is still law in all but two counties, the AP reports. The court will not consider that issue til August. In the meantime same-sex marriages are able to continue state-wide without interruption. Petitioners, primarily Dronenburg and state Attorney General Kamala Harris, have until August 8 to file additional written arguments. The news that the request was denied did not surprise many primarily because the Court recently rejected a similar request by the backers of Propisition 8 who used the same arguments put forth by Dronenburg in attempt to prevent gay couples from tieing the knot.

In addition to arguing for a more limited interpretation of Judge Vaugh Walker's 2010 ruling against Proposition 8, Dronenburg has also claimed that "county clerks aren't bound by orders from the governor, the state attorney general and the state officials who oversee marriage records." A large number of California counties, however, disagree with his interpretation of the law: "Clerks in 24 counties have submitted briefs arguing that it makes sense for their actions with regard to issuing marriage licenses to be guided by state officials so marriage laws are the same statewide."

And though Dronenburg has claimed to be only seeking clarification from the court, he has chosen as his representative, "Rancho Santa Fe lawyer Charles LiMandri, who donated $10,000 and loaned another $27,000 to the campaigns to qualify and pass Proposition 8, according to state campaign finance records," calling into question his true motives for filing in the first place.

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  1. In other words...To San Diego Clerk:

    It's a done deal! Either shut the F*** up and move on or get another damn job!

    Posted by: Audi-owner | Jul 24, 2013 2:11:06 PM

  2. The whole motion is a crock. In Lockyear v San Francisco, the CASC ruled that the county clerks are under the control of and are agents of the state when issuing marriage licenses. They're not going to change that now and allow each county clerk free reign to set conflicting marriage policies depending on which county you happen to be in.

    My hope is that that CASC slaps the H8ers down so hard that they never rise again. We don't need to see years and years of frivolous litigation with the filing of virtually identical actions week after week after week...

    Posted by: TomTallis | Jul 24, 2013 2:20:32 PM

  3. Hate gets really expensive when you're stupid, too. Har, har, har!!!!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jul 24, 2013 2:29:38 PM

  4. Elections at the smallest level matter.
    Money in politics matters.
    Standing matters.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 24, 2013 2:47:43 PM

  5. People in San Diego in a poll overwhelmingly disagree with Dronenburg's ill-fated petition:

    He is being investigated by county authorities to see if he has overstepped his boundaries in bringing a separate suit without county approval.

    Posted by: Joeseph | Jul 24, 2013 2:47:56 PM

  6. He requested that the court stop marriages state-wide, not just in his own county. Clerks in CA do have a lot of autonomy and this is designed to prevent end-runs around state initiatives.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 24, 2013 2:50:32 PM

  7. Charles LiMandri is seriously homophobic attorney with close ties to NOM,Brian Brown,SF Archbishop Levada and all the Prop 9 religious conservatives in San Diego. He removed his son from the University of San Diego since they were promoting diversity and inclusion with a drag show on campus and he felt the institution should be more 'catholic'. His 'law' practice needs to be investigated and he needs to be outed as the serious self-loathing closet case he is.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jul 24, 2013 2:53:02 PM

  8. Sorry,Prop 8

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jul 24, 2013 2:53:29 PM

  9. Was it the clerk who chose the lawyer, or in reality was it actually the lawyer who chose the clerk?

    Posted by: Keith | Jul 24, 2013 3:22:23 PM

  10. In addition to being up to his eyeballs in all things Prop 8, Limandri is Maggie Gallagher's partner in another one of her many shell operations, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund. He's currently working to defend JONAH against the fraud suit that's been brought against them by former clients and the SPLC.

    You can bet he went recruiting clerks for this.

    Posted by: Leo | Jul 24, 2013 3:56:02 PM

  11. States' rights are guaranteed by the Constitution but nowhere is there any mention of Counties' rights.

    As long as the courts keep dismissing these challenges, let's let hateful people was their money.

    Posted by: Topol | Jul 24, 2013 10:20:46 PM

  12. Who really cares if gay people can marry I was homophobic when I was in the closet...You may have kids who end up being gay...but you won't change them because of this...if they were to vote on prop 8 today I believe it would overwhelming loose. Half the people who voted for it were elderly and have pass on by now...and the other half have become more educated. My dad doesn't believe in it but he also opposes illegal immigration...but I believe my great Grandma from Mexico was illegal.

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 25, 2013 5:06:02 PM

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