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San Diego County Clerk Asks Court to Block Gay Marriage

Board of Supervisors chairman said Ernest Dronenburg is acting on his own and that the county will comply with the law.


Opponents are taking another shot at ending gay marriage in California and this time the shooter is from San Diego.

San Diego County clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. filed a petition Friday according to the Associated Press, arguing that same-sex marriage is not legal. 

He also said county clerks do not have to follow the dictates of state officials from Gov. Jerry Brown on down.

The state Supreme Court continues to hear arguments on the issue, according to the report, and is seeking additional submissions through Aug. 1.  

Dronenburg's actions quickly were disavowed by Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox in a statement issued late Friday afternoon: 

“The County Clerk 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.” 

The Supreme Court last month cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in the state, but opponents have kept attempting to block them. The state's highest court denied one such request from opponents Monday.

Response began on Twitter within minutes of the report breaking throughout the state at about 4:30 p.m. and let's just say San Diego is not being cast in the most favorable light. 

What “is wrong with this city?” a La Jolla poster, @susanunit wrote, while San Diego Council President Todd Gloria called Dronenburg's move “hurtful and wrong.”
Kevin Miller July 20, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Hey Ernest, I mean racist, sexist or jag off... Do your job and let this go you clown!
Peter July 20, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I hope county voters remember this next year when it is time to re-elect "Ernie" to this $200K a year position. I've read the job description online and I do not believe that it was in his authority to challenge this law. Maybe I would feel differently if I was against gay marriage, but I'm not. The courts have decided, now let it go.
Doug Curlee July 20, 2013 at 06:16 PM
as don Henley so clearly said.. "..you see it your way, I see it mine.." so?..doug
Status Quo July 20, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I appreciate your kindness to respond and agree completely. I am impressed, with your depth and candor in the answer. So?, I take it - you dismiss my view, without questioning my reasoning. Fair enough, that is safe place.
Doug Curlee July 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM
why debate it?..you have your position.. I have mine..and ne'er the twain shall meet..so ongoing debate is senseless..i'm sure we both have better things to do with our time..doug
Komfort July 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Speaking of religious ideas being proliferated from government job holders: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/05/10/california-board-of-education-moves-to-comply-with-gay-history-law Is "gay" a race or a lifestyle?
Status Quo July 21, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Seems like a viable plan for you Doug, though I will be open to your patronization and views, regardless of abutments or brinkmanship in issues of interest to others. Seems you are, on a different track and have other things to do. You still have many runs to make, so stay on schedule. My straight-line St. Joseph connection, appears derailed from your line on the expressed Hannibal tracks. So?, why debate, it's easier to condemn.
Doug Curlee July 21, 2013 at 04:37 PM
if you feel condemned or patronized, that's on you, not on me..
Status Quo July 21, 2013 at 05:58 PM
You are correct and very fair. Lot's to say, but this must suffice.
James Weaver July 21, 2013 at 07:49 PM
They need to fire this clown ASAP.
Doug Curlee July 21, 2013 at 08:33 PM
unfortunately, james, they can't "fire this clown ASAP"..y'see, it's an elective office..doug
Komfort July 21, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Yes James, they should always fire a single clown for acting out against the will of the people.
Komfort July 21, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Of course that is with the exception of the single judge that overturned the will of the people...
Doug Curlee July 21, 2013 at 09:51 PM
well, ya know, komfort..like it or not..that's the system we have said we want to live under..not a helluva lot wee can do about it..doug
Komfort July 21, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Good point, Doug, the county clerk is working within the system we have. Why are so many panties wrinkled?
Doug Curlee July 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM
because a higher office in the system we have said we want to live under.. specifically a federal judge..has ruled that prop 8 is unconstitutional..federal judge kinda outranks a county clerk..
Komfort July 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM
The Judicial branch is more equal than the other branches.
Doug Curlee July 22, 2013 at 12:47 AM
it is what it is..deal with it..doug
James Lorenzato July 22, 2013 at 01:30 AM
The final decision here is the decision of the district court. That should be enough to bind California under Cal Const Art 3.5 if the county clerks are actually bound by court's order. The issue before the California Supreme Court is whether the order, which binds the Governor and those under his authority actually binds county clerks, because the claim is they aren't under his authority.
Rick Okarski Jr July 22, 2013 at 08:39 AM
@ Status Quo You know what should REALLY be disturbing to Californians and ALL of the USA? That there are those out there who think its OK to vote on people's civil rights in the first place. I know that it sure as heck disturbs me.
16YearsNow July 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM
The whole situation makes it apparent that, for so many, the legitimacy of the claim depends upon the side on which one sits. That is exactly what is wrong with this system in the first place. Popular opinion masquerading as a measure of right and wrong in no way makes that a reality.
Scott Bennett July 22, 2013 at 02:12 PM
easy solution to this little problem: fire his ass and hire someone who is willing to do their job. End of story.
Doug Curlee July 22, 2013 at 02:19 PM
scott.. to repeat.. you can't fire him.. he's an elected official..doug
Diane Chapman July 22, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Earnie is abiding by the California State Constitution, if the rule of law matters to anyone any longer? Even the San Francisco Chronicle reported days after the SCOTUS made the ruing" The scope of the ruling is no entirely clear. On the one hand, the two couple's lawsuit was not a statewide class action, and some legal analysts have questioned whether the judge could grant anyone the right to marry except for those two couples, and perhaps others in their home counties of Alameda and Los Angeles". What is at stake, besides Same Sex marriage, is the state ballot initiative process. The people have spoken and we do not want a few to reinvent the only institution that serves to protect and nuture children. The new definition serves the special interests of a few and is not for the common good. Go Earnie !
Status Quo July 22, 2013 at 04:40 PM
E Pluribus Unum.
Komfort July 22, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Bingo.
greg Chick July 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Civil rights are for everyone, not just most. Not just "The Moral majority" or the ones claiming to know God.
Komfort July 23, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Civil rights for fetuses?
Komfort July 30, 2013 at 09:28 AM
http://m.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/30/tp-stolid-clerk-stirs-up-storm-over-gay-unions/
greg Chick July 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Paul Harvey has spoken, it is Komforting, really :)

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