There is a certain smell in the air when it comes to the battle over marriage equality and Prop 8 in California- the smell of privilege and rank. In other words, these are people who want to break the rules so that they can continue to be bigots. Imperial County Clerk-Recorder Chuck Storey has asked to be allowed to intervene in the Prop 8 appeal in order to appeal the decision by Judge Vaughn Walker overturning Prop 8.
There is one slight problem- and it’s a doosy. The deadline to file to appeal the ruling passed six months ago.
It does not matter if Storey has standing with regards to the facts of the case. While it is correct that his job as the elected Clerk-Recorder for that county would be impacted, bad legal advice given to one of his deputies means that he has no right to file the appeal because of the lapsed time. Storey wrote in his filing to intervene “I am concerned that an unappealable ruling by a single district court striking down Proposition 8 would create significant confusion for me and other Imperial County deputy clerks and officials in the performance of our legal duties regarding marriage.”
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