Court Kills Last-Gasp Effort To Stop California Marriage Equality

The last, desperate effort to stop marriage equality in California has finally come to an end. The California Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from religious conservatives who argue that Proposition 8 is still in effect for everyone except the four plaintiffs involved in the original challenge to the anti-marriage initiative.

Putting its best reality-denying foot forward, opponents of marriage equality flying under the banner of Protect Marriage argued that Gov. Jerry Brown overstepped his authority in June when he ordered state clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“Executive officials have attacked, failed to enforce and undermined state laws affirming traditional marriage,” Protect Marriage argued. Their cause, lost from the beginning, received attention last month when the San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg filed a petition in the case, only to drop it.

Supporters of Proposition 8 have pretty much exhausted all their legal options, as well as our patience. Still, you can count on them to keep coming back with other half-baked attempts to derail marriage equality. We only hope that those are every bit as successful as their effort was this time around.