Calif. AG Urges Court To Deny San Diego County Clerk’s Petition To Stop Gay Marriages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris is urging the state Supreme Court to reject the San Diego County clerk’s attempt to stop gay marriages in the state.

Harris argued in court papers Monday that the state high court should deny Ernest Dronenburg Jr.’s request, arguing that he has “no likelihood” of winning his legal arguments that gay marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision widely regarded as authorizing gay weddings.

Dronenburg asked for the halt Friday, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court decision applies only to the two couples named in the original federal lawsuit, and to the clerks in Alameda and Los Angeles counties where the couples applied for marriage licenses.

Harris counters that the federal injunction overrides state law.

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