CA county clerk opts to defend marriage in Prop 8 challenge


Chuck Storey, a county clerk-recorder in El Centro, CA has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to become the primary defendant in a lawsuit to uphold Proposition 8.

He has home-front support, as the Associated Press reports:

Storey's supporters note that 69.7 percent of county voters approved Proposition 8 in 2008. They say he is protecting voters' wishes, unlike former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Attorney General and current Gov. Jerry Brown and other elected officials who refused to defend the measure.

... County supervisors voted 3-2 in December 2009 to defend Proposition 8 after Supervisor Wally Leimgruber got in touch with Advocates for Faith & Freedom, a Murieta law firm that, according to its website, fights court rulings "that have created a society increasingly devoid of the message and influence of God." The firm represented the county for free.

Last August, the board voted 4-1 to join the appeal after the measure was struck down.

"I don't believe in strange-sex marriage," said Leimbruger, a farmer who has been married 36 years." I believe marriage is between one man and one woman."

Wally (picture above, right with his wife), a former Imperial County supervisor, says he was interviewed for over an hour about this story, but the Associated Press only chose to run these two sparse sentences from him.

Hopefully his view will get more of a hearing in court.