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Prop 8 proponents’ petition denied by California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has denied the Prop 8 proponents’ petition to mandate enforcement of Prop 8 due to legal technicalities in California law.

Continue 1 Comment August 14, 2013

San Diego County Clerk files official request to dismiss Prop 8 petition

This week, though, the request for dismissal of the petition has been filed by Dronenburg.

Continue August 6, 2013

‘It feels different’: The Prop 8 plaintiffs talk winning, wedding and what comes next

EqualityOnTrial caught up with Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, two of the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case to return marriage equality to California, one month after their historic Supreme Court win. The couple talked about their wedding and what they look forward to both in their lives and for the LGBT community at large. At the center of the conversation was one simple theme: it was bigger than us.

Continue 1 Comment August 6, 2013

San Diego’s County Clerk withdraws petition asking California Supreme Court to clarify Prop 8 validity

Ernest Dronenburg, San Diego’s County Clerk, has withdrawn his petition to the California state supreme court asking for clarification on enforcement of Prop 8.

Continue 4 Comments August 2, 2013

California Supreme Court declines to halt same-sex marriages in latest challenge by San Diego’s county clerk

By Scottie Thomaston

David Boies with Ted Olson
David Boies with Ted Olson

Last week, San Diego’s county clerk filed a petition with the California state supreme court to end the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the state. (This is separate from the one filed the previous week by the proponents of Prop 8 to halt marriages.) As in the petition filed the week before, San Diego’s county clerk asked for an immediate temporary stay on the marriages, and for the state supreme court to ultimately decide whether they will allow counties to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The state of California filed a response, opposing an immediate stay, largely for the same reasons as the other petition. The state supreme court has now denied the request for an immediate stay in a brief order. Marriages will continue across the state while the California supreme court works through the issues.

In the proponents’ new case, twenty clerk recorders have opposed the petition and filed a brief in support of marriage equality.

Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for these filings

3 Comments July 24, 2013

San Diego county clerk asks state court to end same-sex marriages

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Last Friday, Ernest Dronenburg, Jr., the San Diego Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, filed a petition with the California Supreme Court seeking an order to halt marriages for same-sex couples in the state.

Marriage equality was returned to California on June 28, two days after the Supreme Court ruled the proponents of Proposition 8 did not have standing to defend the law in court, allowing a district court decision invalidating the law to go into effect.  Nevertheless, the legal battles surrounding the law continue, as the Los Angeles Times reports:

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.

Dronenburg’s request comes on the heels of a petition filed with the state high court by ProtectMarriage, the group which sponsored Prop 8 during the 2008 election and worked to rescind marriage equality rights in the Golden State.  In its filing, the ProtectMarriage argued that California Governor Jerry Brown lacked the constitutional authority to mandate county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples–an argument that Dronenburg echoes in his petition.

In his filing, Dronenburg says that he is “caught in the crossfire of a legal struggle over the definition of marriage” since he believes Prop 8 is still in effect but had been ordered by state officials to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Last week, the California Supreme Court denied the Prop 8 proponents’ request for an immediate stay prohibiting same-sex couples from obtaining marriage licenses while the new legal challenge makes its way through the state courts.  Briefing on the larger issues of the case is scheduled to continue today and last through early August.

University of California, Irvine Professor Douglas NeJaime told the Los Angeles Times that Dronenburg’s filing essentially piggybacks on ProtectMarriage’s petition, although it differs in that it is being made by an  government official who may be better equipped to demonstrate a constitutional injury than the proponents of the ballot measure.  According to the Times, NeJaime predicts Dronenburg’s challenge will fail.

San Diego County’s majority Republican Board of Supervisors put distance between them and Dronenburg after the clerk’s court filing.  “The county clerk has acted independently on this matter,” board Supervisor Greg Cox told the Times. “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.”

Dronenburg’s filing, via Scribd, is available below.  (H/t to Kathleen and Equality Case Files)

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3 Comments July 22, 2013

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