Chuck Storey, the newly elected clerk-recorder for Imperial County, isn’t giving up his fight to challenge Prop 8 in court. Oh goodie! Sure, his chances might be fleeting, but just in case ProtectMarriage.com is ruled to have insufficient standing to defend Prop 8 when the state won’t, Storey wants the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let him have a shot. So on Friday, he filed papers with the court asking to do just that, because hey, it’s his office that actually issues marriage licenses, and not he, then who? I feel like a narrator should be saying, “First they came for the clerk-recorders and nobody spoke up.”
Storey was initially denied defendant status because both Judge Vaughn Walker and the Ninth Circuit concluded Imperial’s head county clerk, Dolores Provencio, should be the one bringing the action. Storey just took over her job, but it may be too late.
Aghast at this man’s stamina in keeping his paperwork load as light as possible?? You’re not the only one.
Even Imperial’s Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Terrazas, whose office only sets the clerk-recorder’s budget but doesn’t have managerial oversight, is in disbelief this is still going on: “He is taking up the banner, I guess if you will, on something we couldn’t legally do. I kind of thought we were already out of it, and it was kind of a surprise that (Storey) stepped up to it.”