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SAN DIEGO – County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg’s Prop 8 petition has now become fundraising fodder for the anti-gay hate group, the National Organization for Marriage, which is urging its supporters to bombard the County Supervisors with calls and letters.
In a fundraising email titled “Support Prop 8 and the Rule of Law” sent out Thursday afternoon, the homophobic NOM president Brian Brown [pictured at bottom left] writes an incredibly misleading pitch:
As you are undoubtedly aware, the battle over Proposition 8 and the definition of marriage is ongoing in California. And while Governor Brown and Attorney General Harris, with several County Clerks, continue their lawless decree that Prop 8 no longer applies, at least one County Clerk has chosen to follow the rule of law and respect the votes of over 7 million Californians. San Diego Clerk Ernie Dronenberg has asked the California Supreme Court for guidance and direction on whether Proposition 8 still applies.
This confusion was created when the US Supreme Court refused to consider the merits of Prop 8 and dismissed the appeal brought by the proponents of the measure. This left the trial court ruling in effect, but a trial court is powerless to invalidate a law without an appellate court agreeing. With the appeal dismissed, there is no appellate court ruling on Proposition 8.
Merely for asking the California Supreme Court to clarify the law, he is being viciously attacked by homosexual marriage activists, who are demanding that he withdraw his request.
If you have not already, please read the email below and join our California allies in contacting the County Supervisors and voice your support of County Clerk Ernie Dronenburg.
Continuing to Stand for Marriage in California,
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
Dronenburg [pictured at top left] tried to get the County of San Diego’s legal counsel to file his petition to the California Supreme Court to halt same-gender marriages in the Golden State, but was turned down. Then, without consulting the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Dronenburg enlisted the aid of well-known anti-gay attorney Charles LiMandri of Rancho Sante Fe to file the petition with the state’s high court.
The reaction against the 69-year-old Republican has been overwhelmingly negative, from county officials to LGBT activists to the public. The weekly SDGLN Poll, released Monday, showed that more than 90% of readers want the San Diego County Clerk to be rebuked for his actions.
Indeed, the Supervisors meet in closed session this week to decide what to do about the renegade Dronenburg, who has been accused of putting his faith and his personal prejudice ahead of his responsibilities as County Clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay and straight couples who want to marry. On July 1, the County Clerk’s Office was one of the last ones in California to begin issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples after same-gender weddings resumes on June 28.
The state’s highest court rejected Dronenburg’s demand to issue a temporary stay, but still must hear the petition this month. The State of California has also replied to the petition, essentially saying that it was rehashing old arguments that have failed in the courts.
Meanwhile, NOM is trying to make Dronenburg a martyr for their cause and is trying to get anti-gay supporters to bombard the Supervisors with email. Brown continues in his fundraising letter:
How in the world can more than a dozen states vote on constitutional amendments, and their votes count — while our votes on Proposition 8 do not count in California?!
As you know, our courageous County Clerk Ernie Dronenburg filed a lawsuit seeking guidance and clarification by the California Supreme Court as to whether Proposition 8 is still law - because it has not been overruled by any appellate court, and the federal district court injunction against it only applies to Alameda and Los Angeles Counties. Confusing!! Therefore, Ernie's lawsuit is intended to clarify and uphold the rule of law.
As our County Clerk, Ernie Dronenburg is sworn to uphold the California Constitution. His lawsuit seeks to ensure that all marriages performed enjoy constitutional protection.
BUT Ernie has come under fierce attack by special interest groups who oppose Prop. 8, and are seeking to bring heavy political pressure to force Ernie to drop the case.
We must be defensive in this matter! Do not let a very small % of the population speak for you!
Please immediately reach out to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and urge them to support Ernie Dronenburg in this lawsuit. Ask them to encourage Ernie not to withdraw the lawsuit.
Please call or email the below County Supervisors today. Do Not let our Governor and Attorney General overturn the vote of 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8.
Here's a sample email — (please write in your own words):
Dear Supervisor Name, as a concerned citizen, voter, and follower of the California Constitution, I would like to urge you to support and encourage County Clerk Dronenburg in his lawsuit filed with the California Supreme Court for clarification and guidance in the matter of Proposition 8. It is important that all marriages enjoy constitutional protection, and Mr. Dronenburg's lawsuit seeks to clarify if Proposition 8 is truly the law, thus protecting all citizens. Please respond to me at: (your email address.) with your decision. Thank you. Sincerely, your name
Thank you. Please send your email to each supervisor below.
URGENT: Please pass this email along to 10 friends and ask them to do the same.
God bless you.
District 1: Supervisor Greg Cox
Tel: (619) 531-5511
Fax: (619) 235-0644
District 2: Supervisor Dianne Jacob
Tel: (619) 531-5522
Fax: (619) 696-7253
District 3: Supervisor Dave Roberts
Tel: (619) 531-5533
Fax: (619) 234-1559
District 4: Supervisor Ron Roberts
Tel: (619) 531-5544
Fax: (619) 531-6262
District 5: Supervisor Bill Horn
Tel: (619) 531-5555
Fax: (619) 685-2662
NOM’s fundraising letter is not a surprise, considering that Dronenburg’s legal cohort, Charles LiMandri, is called NOM’s nakedly hostile Founding Father by the Human Rights Campaign’s NOM Exposed blog.
Dronenburg confronted his critics at their news conference on July 23 and tried to convince them that he was only concerned about protecting gay and lesbian couples who might marry illegally. He also contended that he wasn’t spending taxpayer dollars in filing his petition … that was paid for by the anti-gay LiMandri … but failed to acknowledge that it takes considerable tax dollars for the State of California to answer his petition before the Supreme Court.
If you disagree with NOM, use their action alert to SUPPORT the Supervisors.
Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.