Horne, Logue battle gay marriages
Senior Staff Writer
Bitter election rivals only weeks ago, Sue Horne and Dan Logue joined together today to stifle gay marriages in California through the courts.
“It’s not about hatred, ” said Nevada County Supervisor Horne. “I have no hatred, I disapprove of the behavior.”
“I don’t support same-sex marriages on personal belief,” Logue said. “The Supreme Court made a revolutionary decision and told the public to jump in the lake.”
Documents filed in Sacramento County court by the conservative United States Justice Foundation representing Horne and Logue contend the state Supreme Court did not have the power to order the Department of Health to issue marriage licenses to gays.
The document asks that all same-sex marriage licenses be ruled invalid until the nuptial laws are rewritten to accept gay unions.
There will be a hearing for the request at 1:30 p.m. today in Sacramento Superior Court, according to attorney Quinton Miller, one of three lawyers who filed the case for the foundation.
“The court had the authority to tell the legislature to change the (marriage) statutes, but not to order the Department of Health to do what they did, it was out of their jurisdiction,” Miller said.
Only the state legislature can change marriage law language and intent, according to the petition. It names Nevada County Supervisor Horne and Yuba County Supervisor Logue as petitioners, along with Sutter County Supervisor Stan Cleveland, and Stanislaus County supervisors Dick Monteith and Jim DeMartini.
“Also, a public hearing process needs to be done to change language in the (marriage) forms,” to meet state law, Horne said. “There has to be a public comment period.
“I believe the court made a wrong decision to redefine marriage for all society,” Horne said. “The traditional definition of marriage as one man and one woman has existed for thousands of years and needs to be protected.
“All humankind is of equal value,” Horne said. “But I don’t hold all behavior to be healthy for society.
“I believe in the tradition of the marriage in the Judeo-Christian ethic that is set through the scriptures,” Horne said. “This is not about diminishing a human being.”
Horne said she will align herself with the state Constitutional Amendment 1298 ” which has qualified for the November ballot ” to define marriage as being between a man and woman only.
The irony of aligning herself with Logue so quickly after an election racked with bitterness was not lost on Horne, but she said she had no contact with him on the matter.
Despite his recent victorious campaign against Horne for the Republican nomination for the 3rd District State Assembly that was racked with hostility, Logue said he thought about Horne when the foundation approached him about the court action.
“I gave them her name, I thought she would be supportive,” Logue said.
The court’s definition of marriage which allowed the ruling for same-sex unions was unconstitutional, Logue said.
“The definition is not accurate,” Logue said. “I’m offended when someone gets married to put down party A and party B.”
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