Despite legal setbacks, traditional marriage still upheld in California

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A pro-family leader in California vows to continue defending traditional marriage even after the state's highest court refused to halt homosexual "marriages" in the state. 

"We continue to make our stand on biblical principles and values, that marriage is to be between one man and one woman,” says Patricia Thompson, director of the Central California chapter of Concerned Women For America.  

The California Supreme Court decided in a 6-0 vote to reject a lawsuit by a county clerk who argued that Proposition 8 is still in effect. San Diego County clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. argued that county clerks are being forced to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples in violation of California law.


The court, in a closed session on Wednesday, rejected Dronenburg's bid for a stay on "gay marriages."

Grassroots-driven Proposition 8, which passed in 2008, amended the California Constitution to state that California recognizes marriage as between one man and one woman.

Prop. 8 was overruled by a homosexual federal judge, and it was struck another blow in June when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law’s defenders did not have “standing” in their courtroom. California officials - notably, Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris - had refused to defend the law in court, leaving that task to proponents of Prop. 8.

Although the high court’s decision technically did not strike down Prop. 8, liberal activists claimed otherwise, while county clerks such as Dronenburg argued they were being forced to break a state law.

Prop. 8 proponents also argue the federal judge's ruling affects only the counties under the court's jurisdiction, not the entire state. Out of California's 58 counties, clerks from 24 counties have opposed Proposition 8.

The California Supreme Court will decide on whether to revive Proposition 8 in August, at the earliest.

"We had several opportunities to let our voice be heard on this issue,” says Thompson, "and the voice of the people is very, very clear."

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