Target: County clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr.
Goal: Condemn the San Diego county clerk for trying to prevent gay marriages in California
The Supreme Court recently made a landmark decision that overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. Proposition 8 banned gay marriages in California, and overturning it legalized gay marriages in the state. Now, straight people and gay people can get married in California.
In San Diego, county clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. has been asking the state Supreme Court to disregard the federal Supreme Court’s decision and disallow gay marriages in the state of California. Essentially, Dronenburg is insisting that gay marriage is still illegal in California. He is responsible for giving out marriage licenses, but he refuses to respect the Supreme Court’s decision and is not giving out marriage licenses to gay couples.
Dronenburg argues that the Supreme Court’s decision only applies to the same-sex couple that was in the original lawsuit. However, he does not realize that the Supreme Court’s decision sets a precedent and has declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional for all couples in California. He also argues that he is not required to give out marriage licenses to gay couples.
County clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. is disrespecting the highest court in the country, and disrespecting all of the gay couples that have waited long to be able to get married. There is no logical or moral reason as to why he should not be giving out marriage licenses to gay couples. Condemn county clerk Ernest Dronenburg for stopping progress on marriage equality by signing the petition below.
Dear Ernest Dronenburg Jr.,
For many years gay couples have waited for the right to marry in California. Not only does the right to marriage ensure equality, but it also gives gay people rights and responsibilities that straight people have always received from marriage. The Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal in the state of California, and you must respect this decision.
You are trying to stop gay marriages from happening in San Diego, and your arguments for stopping them are not valid arguments. The Supreme Court’s decision set a precedent, so the right to marry in California does not only apply to the gay couple that was in the original lawsuit. It applies to every gay couple in California.
This country is progressing towards full equality for everyone regardless of who they love. The Supreme Court’s decision was a landmark decision that will go down in history for not only gay Americans, but all Americans. It is wrong to stand in the way of that progress.
[Your Name Here]
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