Petition filed to block California county clerks from performing same-sex marriages

acreamer@sacbee.comJuly 12, 2013 

Andrew Pugno, center, co-council for the oral arguments for Yes on 8, answers questions during a press conference at the Sheridan in Sacramento as Sam Rodriguez, left, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership conference and Ron Prentice, right, Chairman for the Executive Committee for Protect Marraige.com standby after they all spoke. Photo taken May 26, 2009.

RENEE C. BYER — rbyer@sacbee.com

Folsom attorney Andrew Pugno has filed a petition against the state's 58 county clerks, asking the California Supreme Court to keep them from performing same-sex marriages.

In a prepared statement, Pugno -- the counsel for proponents of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative banning gay marriage -- said: "The man-woman definition of marriage, as passed by the voters, is still a valid part of our state constitution. Yet county clerks statewide are lawlessly defying that law by issuing gender-neutral marriage licenses. We are asking California's Supreme Court to restore the rule of law and the public's confidence in the integrity of the initiative process."

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Pugno and his co-counsels had no standing to defend Proposition 8. Same-sex marriages resumed in California on June 28.

Call The Bee's Anita Creamer, (916) 321-1136. Follow her in Twitter @AnitaCreamer.

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