Wednesday’s order appears to bring an end, at least for the time being, to efforts by supporters of the 2008 voter initiative to stop gay and lesbian weddings in California.
As promised, San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg asked the California Supreme Court Monday to dismiss a lawsuit in which he asked the panel to stop same-sex marriages in the state.
Retired Revs. John Emerson and Nadene DeWitt of Sparks and Karla Bowman of Reno announced at a news conference in Reno on Friday they’ve signed onto a covenant with 80 of their colleagues in California to perform same-sex holy unions.
For the second time in eight days, California’s highest court again refused Tuesday to block same-sex marriages in the state.
Twenty-four county clerks, including several from the Bay Area, weighed in with the California Supreme Court on Monday to say they believe they should continue licensing same-sex marriages, which resumed in the state three weeks ago.
In a petition filed Friday, clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. argued that same-sex marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision widely regarded as authorizing gay weddings.
Clerks from most of California’s 58 counties are meeting in Redwood Shores this week with what to do about same-sex marriages and licenses on the agenda.
The California Supreme Court is refusing to order the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Opponents of same-sex marriage say they are asking the California Supreme Court to order county clerks to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim said the Pledge of Alliance for the first time at the start of Tuesday’s board meeting in what she said was a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last month to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.