The Alliance Defending Freedom group has filed a legal petition with the California Supreme Court, seeking clarity on the status of Proposition 8 and whether the current marriage law will be enforced. Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said,
“The U.S. Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, and the district court’s injunction does not apply statewide; therefore, county clerks should abide by the state constitution.”
This petition is in response to the California State Registrar’s order that all county clerks issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, which Alliance Defending Freedom says is in violation of California state law. Kellie Fiedorek, a member of Alliance Defending Freedom’s litigation counsel, said,
“The only direct effect that the Court’s decision has on marriage in California is to permit the four plaintiffs in that case, and them alone, to seek and receive marriage licenses. The district court’s ruling extends no further than to these four individuals.
So what does this mean for the rest of the State? It means that Prop 8 remains the law of the land in California. It also means that Attorney General Kamela Harris’s and other public officials’ attempts to invalidate Prop 8 lack any legitimate legal authority.”