Conservative group aims to overturn gay marriage ruling

Conservative groups are calling on the Board of Supervisors to stop same-sex marriage licenses from being issued in the county.
Conservative groups are calling on the Board of Supervisors to stop same-sex marriage licenses from being issued in the county.

Kern County Clerk Ann Barnett announced wedding ceremonies would no longer be performed at the county building after the California Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples could be married.

Since the ruling, some residents want the Board of Supervisors to create a county ordinance that would nullify the California Supreme Court's decision.

After Barnett's announcement, weddings would no longer be performed at the county building.

That came after California's Supreme Court refused to set aside its decision legalizing same-sex marriages.

Conservative Kern County residents have rallied behind Barnett in hopes of making the controversy front and center at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

Ken Mettler from the Bakersfield Republican Assembly said, "It's not in the best interest of our society to have same sex marriages. It erodes the institution of marriage."

Mettler said he's speaking on behalf of concerned residents and the Bakersfield Republican Assembly in calling on county supervisors to create an ordinance that would prohibit the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses until California voters have the opportunity to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in November.

Mettler said, "We are asking our supervisors, who have sworn to uphold the constitution and to uphold the will of the people. Laws are to be made by the people, not by the judges."

Supervisor Don Maben said he also plans to bring up the same-sex marriage issue at Tuesday's board meeting.

Maben said, "I will ask for a referral of another county department to perform the ceremonies."

Maben said he will call for change and hopes to find a county department that can marry all couples.

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