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SD County Clerk Withdraws Petition to Halt Same-Sex Marriages

San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg on Friday withdrew his petition asking the California Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriages and consider whether the Supreme Court's Prop 8 ruling applies only to the plaintiffs involved in the case, the Union Tribune reports:

DronenburgIn a news release sent out Friday afternoon, Dronenburg said he canceled the petition because it covered the same ground as another petition filed earlier to the court.

The first petition was filed July 12 by Dennis Hollingsworth and others. Hollingsworth, a former state senator, has worked with in support of Proposition 8, which amended the state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Dronenburg said he was withdrawing his petition, which he filed July 19, to speed up the legal process that he hopes will clarify the current legal standing of Prop. 8.

Both petitions asked the state Supreme Court to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The court has denied that request, but has not responded to other questions about the legality of same-sex marriages in California.

“Because I am dropping my action, the California Supreme Court can start tomorrow in making a decision in the lead case of Hollingsworth v. O’Connell and Brown,” Dronenburg wrote in his Friday announcement.

Dronenburg's actions quickly came under scrutiny by the County Board of Supervisors, who distanced themselves from Dronenburg's actions and announced they would review whether his hiring of an outside counsel (a Prop 8 supporter) was legal.

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  1. Is it just me or does this guy sort of look like openly gay NY politician, Tom Duane?

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 5, 2013 10:08:28 AM

  2. Fire his officious ass!

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Aug 5, 2013 10:10:18 AM

  3. Ernie looks like the guy who starred in the 1950's "Beware The Homosexual" propaganda films.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Aug 5, 2013 10:11:58 AM

  4. Stupid and hateful. The world has changed and he has no clue. He's living in the early 1950s

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 5, 2013 10:44:49 AM

  5. It's plain and simple: Dronenburg, like the majority of GOPer politicans, do NOT live in the reality of 2013. No, they live in some bygone era that they feel best suits their multiple phobias and prejudices. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear the Rethuglican Party and their ever-more rightwing leaning base will come to grip with this problem any time soon.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Aug 5, 2013 11:12:16 AM

  6. @Leroy LaFlamme. In California, county clerks are elected by the voters. He cannot be fired except by being defeated in an election. Voters pay relatively little attention to the county clerk position. Maybe they will in San Diego at the next election.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Aug 5, 2013 11:51:35 AM

  7. Ernie is another stooge of NOM just as Dat
    " William" Tran was during the prop 8 trial...

    Posted by: MAP | Aug 5, 2013 1:02:00 PM

  8. Dronenberg is a longtime Proposition 8 supporter. He lied about the purpose and intention of working with a lawyer for anti-gay hate groups in filing his petition. He is deeply in bed with NOM and the Mormon/Catholic church hate-cults.

    He needs to be terminated from his job with extreme predjudice.

    Posted by: Gestly | Aug 5, 2013 1:10:45 PM

  9. Investigate whether his hiring of outside counsel was an "unauthorized expenditure." If he did not have the right to do so, within the duties and responsibilities of his elected office, he should reimburse the taxpayer.

    And signal any other NOM stooges that wasting taxpayer dollars in pursuit of personal bigotry has costly personal consequences.

    Posted by: Gruntled | Aug 5, 2013 1:12:19 PM

  10. He didn't pay the outside counsel; it was pro-bono. The question was whether it was legal at all for him to engage someone other than the County Counsel to represent his office.

    Regardless, he's dropped his action, and that's fine. The voters will have their say soon enough. Now we just wait for the CASC to smack down the other petition.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Aug 5, 2013 2:41:43 PM

  11. No. He says he is GOING to drop his action but as of 2:30PM PDT on Monday 8/5 there has been no official notification to the CASC of the withdrawal of his petition. That sukka is alive and kicking.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Aug 5, 2013 5:25:27 PM

  12. It's there now, dated Aug. 2.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Aug 5, 2013 5:35:44 PM

  13. Glad to see it. Another late Friday filing probably not posted until today.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Aug 5, 2013 6:14:19 PM

  14. We got married at his offices last week (YAY!), and everyone was congratulatory, courteous, cheerful, happy and just great. Never been happier about such a disconnect between the head of an office and all the clerks! Grow a soul, Ernie! Or grow a Bert. Whichever works for you. :D

    Posted by: El | Aug 5, 2013 6:55:14 PM

  15. @GESTLY Frankly, all Republicans, all evangelicals, all Mormons, all homophobes should be terminated with extreme prejudice. Period.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 5, 2013 10:38:38 PM

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