Pro-Family Group Files Suit Over San Francisco Same-Sex 'Marriage' License

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:04 PM EDT

( - A pro-family group has filed a lawsuit Friday against San Francisco's mayor for violating California state law on marriage by issuing of marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

"State law is very clear that marriage is only for a man and a woman, as it should be," said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families (CCF), a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan family issues leadership organization.

The lawsuit, filed by Thomasson and his group against Mayor Gavin Newsom and County Clerk Nancy Alfaro, seeks a temporary restraining order and injunction to protect marriage for a man and a woman, as California law requires. An emergency hearing was scheduled for Friday afternoon on the matter.

"San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom has no authority to issue counterfeit licenses. Because Attorney General Bill Lockyer is not doing his job to enforce state law and is refusing to block Newsom's unlawful directive, it is now up to the 4.6 million Californians who voted to protect marriage to defend this sacred institution," Thomasson said.

Newsom took a radical step, Thomasson said, when he announced this week that he was directing the county clerk to issue marriage licenses "without regard to gender or sexual orientation."

"Mayor Newsom has lost his mind," said Mathew Staver, president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel, which is representing CCF. "Government officials, including even the Mayor of San Francisco, must obey the law. We are a nation ruled by law, not by power-hungry, renegade, radical activists."

"If Attorney General Bill Lockyer is interested in doing his job to defend state law, he would take immediate action to block Newsom's unlawful directive," added Thomasson. "As it is, Lockyer has not acted, so it's up to the people to defend the law on marriage, and protect the sacred institution from attack."

At the same time, CCF is traveling the state to call attention to Assemblyman Mark Leno's homosexual 'marriage' license bill (AB 1967), which will be formally introduced Thursday.

CCF's Protect Our Vote Tour is holding 14 news conferences statewide to protest Leno's bill and applaud the 149 pro-marriage candidates on the March 2 ballot who have signed the Marriage Protection Pledge.

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