Prop 8 backers’ new effort to stop same-sex marriage called ‘baseless’

“The more than 7 million Californians who approved Proposition 8 have a right to see the rule of law — and the constitutional initiatives that the people enact — respected,” Mr. Nimocks said.

The lawsuit names 58 county clerks, their legal counsels and numerous state officials as respondents or real parties in interest.

Spokesmen in some county clerks’ offices referred calls to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. A spokesman for her office said they did not immediately have a response to the complaint.

But Ms. Harris and California State Registrar Tony Agurto — who are both named in the complaint — said that when the 9th Circuit Court complied with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling June 28, it meant that same-sex marriage became valid in all 58 California counties.

Ms. Harris said she would “take legal action” against any clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to a gay couple. Alameda County Counsel Donna Ziegler said Friday their county clerks were “currently issuing” marriage licenses to same-sex couples “and, at the moment, we do not plan to stop doing that.”

Given the intense interest in the gay-marriage issue, Ms. Ziegler added, “I would not be surprised” if the California Supreme Court addressed the ProtectMarriage.com legal petition “sooner, rather than later.”

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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