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San Diego county clerk withdraws bid to revive Proposition 8

Saturday, August 3, 2013

SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group that already has a similar challenge pending.

Ernest Dronenburg Jr.

Ernest Dronenburg Jr. said in a statement Saturday that he was withdrawing his request for the state Supreme Court to halt gay weddings because the sponsors of a 2008 ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage have filed a similar petition.

The state’s high court had rejected the clerk’s request for a stay stopping gay marriages in California while they considered his petition.

Dronenburg had argued that county clerks could decide independently whether to issue marriage licenses to a couple.

“County clerks carry out their duties, including the issuances of marriage licenses, without supervision or contro l of the governor or attorney general,” Dronenburg wrote in his petition. “Indeed, no statute requires county clerks to report to the governor or attorney general.”

He also argued that gay marriage was only legal in Alameda and Los Angeles counties, where the couples who challenged the ban had been married.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to return to the nation’s most populous state in June when it ruled that the sponsors of Proposition 8 lacked authority to appeal a federal trial judge’s decision that the ban violated the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian Californians.

Those sponsors, who make up the organization ProtectMarriage, filed the petition that prompted Dronenberg’s withdrawal.

Dronenburg, a Republican who was elected as San Diego County’s assessor-recorder-clerk in 2010, had been chiefly known previously for his views on tax issues.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. #obligatoryandgratuitiousstayclassysandiegojoke

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:24am
  2. Phuck Him! Douchebag!! :p

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:26am
  3. Glad he´s stopped wasting more taxpayer´s money. Think this man should be fired for not doing his job that he´s paid for. I am so sick and tired of misinformed, misguided idjits who won´t accept what SCOTUS clearly ruled on.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:26am
  4. Smart move!

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:29am
  5. Wish the guy was kicked out of the country.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:30am
  6. Just another H8er

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:44am
  7. He should be removed from office.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 3:09am
  8. Sounds like some statutes should change. Since marriage is a legal obligation, put them under the AG. Time to recall him as well?

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 3:14am
  9. Idiot!

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 3:17am
  10. sad man

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 3:59am
  11. Dimwit should have never made the bid.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 4:10am
  12. Dronenberg. (sounds Nazi-esque)

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 4:32am
  13. OK so we lived in SD for 7 years and it´s the biggest dichotomy city in history. It´s mostly gay republican.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 4:43am
  14. and the tax payers are still footing the bill fighting the inevitable win for gay marriage. So stupid.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 4:57am
  15. Man Hates Gays…loves COCK.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 6:40am
  16. what a dummy we won you lost thanks for wasting the money on your hate you duce bag.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:14pm
  17. As a resident of the afore-mentioned county, why is this man the money and resources of WE THE PEOPLE??!!

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 2:44pm
  18. Good news.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 6:50pm
  19. He probably found a future husband! :)

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 7:06pm
  20. On one hand, it sounds like good but the reason he gave for withdrawing was that another group filed a similar petition. I guess it´s never over.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 7:10pm
  21. He does understand that his petition argument opens the doors for every county clerk in the nation to make that decision for themselves, right? So any county clerk in any state has the right to bypass the wishes of their government and issue recognized licenses. That means any liberal city in America would be getting same-sex marriages by the end of the month. :)

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 8:09pm
  22. San Diego has a long and rich history of conservatism. I know, I grew up there.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 9:50pm