California started doling out new gender void marriage licenses to homosexual pairs on June 17.
On Wednesday, May 28th, California's Chief of Vital Statistics gave new guidelines to 58 county clerks requiring that they issue marriage license to homosexual partners. They were also instructed to replace "bride" and "groom" on the license application with "party A" and "party B
On Thursday, May 22 the Alliance Defense Fund attorneys requested a "stay" to delay the implementation of the Supreme Court's decision to redefine marriage in California. The request asked the court to hold off on issuing "marriage" licenses to homosexual partners until a decision comes from the Secretary of State regarding qualification of the ballot initiative, or after the November election, when Californians will have the opportunity to define marriage and place that definition in the state constitution. The California State Supreme Court refused to delay its "gay marriage" decision from going into effect, giving the green light for same-sex couples statewide to get "married" June 17.
"The people of California have a constitutional right to vote on marriage, and we trust the high court will respect the democratic process. The possibility of significant and unnecessary legal and social problems can be avoided by waiting to see what the California people desire when it comes to the meaning of marriage," said ADF Senior Counsel Glen Lavy, who argued before the court March 4.
The November ballot initiative amends the Calif. State constitution to reaffirm the people of California's express desire to keep Marriage as between one man and one woman.
Campaign for Children and Families had sent letters to 38 county clerks asking them to decline to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the state Legislature changes the marriage statutes.
"We've encouraged the clerks to abide by the express will of the written California Constitution and the man-woman marriage statutes, and to respect the democratic process which will be decided at the ballot box in November, by not issuing marriage licenses to anyone but a man and woman," said CCF President Randy Thomasson. "The judges and the Governor are violating the Constitution and the statutes, but county clerks know they have a duty follow the statutes, which haven't been changed yet. Clerks don't have to issue homosexual 'marriage' licenses, and they shouldn't."
Janet McKee, the Chief County Clerk, issued the new guidelines for marriage license to begin June 17.
Within hours of McKee's new guidelines for marriage licenses in California, the Governor of New York decided to enter the same-sex marriage push.
New York Gov. David Paterson, who replaced the former Governor Spitzer, sided with gay activists by ordering all state agencies immediately rewrite all regulations, including insurance and health services, to recognize homosexual 'marriages' from other States.
Paterson's directive to state agencies was issued May 14 and became public this week. The agencies have until June 30, 2008 to company with his order.
Jenny Tyree, associate marriage analyst at Focus on the Family Action, said in Citizen Magazine, that the court and Paterson are ignoring the 20 million New Yorkers who have defined traditional marriage via state statutes.
"Our children and grandchildren will pay a very high price if we allow marriage to be changed to suit another purpose entirely," she said. "Marriage is not a legal vehicle for the purpose of equality; it's a social institution with children at its heart."
Altered marriage license application forms