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Friday, July 12, 2013

Anti-Gay Marriage Folks Just Can't Let it Go, File Petition to Stop Same-Sex Weddings

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

click to enlarge This is happening, whether you like it or not - JOSEPH GEHA
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Acceptance is always the hardest part of the letting go process, and it appears there's a legion of anti-gay people out there struggling with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to let gays marry. Big time.

According to the City Attorney's Office, opponents of same-sex marriage are now asking the California Supreme Court to force counties across the state -- including San Francisco -- to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who are legally allowed to tie the knot.

ProtectMarriage.com filed its motion this morning, in what San Francisco officials are calling a "desperate" move to stop gay marriage. The motion claims that Gov. Jerry Brown did not have the authority to direct county officials to stop enforcing Prop. 8 because the measure had not been deemed unconstitutional by an appellate court.

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On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case on Prop. 8, claiming the appellants had no legal standing, and the case wasn't really the court's jurisdiction. Thus, the court left intact a U.S. District Court ruling that Prop. 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional.

By Gay Pride weekend in San Francisco, gays were rushing City Hall to get married.

According to court documents, the anti-gays say state officials ordering county clerks to issue the licenses have no legal authority to do so. They also claim Proposition 8 actually remains in force because the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the case on a legal technicality, rather than ruling directly on the constitutionality of the marriage ban.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera points out, in not so many words, that the group could really use a crash course in American Civics (we found some videos on how government works).

This motion is a desperate obstruction tactic used in the vain hope of pursuing an unconstitutional agenda. The opponents of the freedom to marry have chosen to ignore the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and the well-settled California marriage case of Lockyer v. San Francisco, which they themselves celebrated at the time. Their motion has essentially no chance to succeed. The most basic concepts of American law tell us that a state court cannot and will not overrule the federal judiciary. The citizens of California are left wondering when these people will realize that, having lost the moral struggle years and years ago, they have now lost the legal struggle as well. Marriage equality is now the law in the State of California, and will remain so from this point onward.Together we will soon see the day when it is the law all across America.

In other words, it's time to get over it already.

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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