6/28/13: Counterfeit marriage licenses issued now will be null and void later


June 28, 2013 -- For Immediate Release

Major Hurdles Remain Before Homosexual 'Marriages' Can Legally Begin
Thomasson: "If counterfeit marriage licenses are issued now, they will be null and void later"

WATCH: Our June 26, 2013 California news conference on Prop. 8

Sacramento, California -- Despite the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' unprecedented rush to lift the stay on homosexual "marriages," major hurdles remain before two men or two women can obtain marriage licenses anywhere in California.

"As usual, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, and the Ninth Circuit are trampling the state constitution and the voters by ignoring the legal hurdles and limits of implementing Judge Walker's homosexual 'marriages' ruling," said Randy Thomasson, president of, which promotes moral virtues for the common good. "No homosexual 'marriage' should be legally occurring without due process of law. If counterfeit marriage licenses are issued now, they will be null and void later."

"Specifically, there is no valid appellate court ruling that the voter-approved Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, and there is a set limit to the jurisdiction of the trial court that originally ruled against Prop. 8," Thomasson said. "Until these hurdles are are legally overcome, Prop. 8 and natural, man-woman marriage is still the law of the land."

1. Prop. 8 is still enforceable statewide until a state appellate court declares it unconstitutional. Neither the California Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court has done so, and the federal appeals court ruling has been vacated. See California Constitution, Article 3, Section 3.5.

2. The U.S. District Court jurisdiction only extends to 15 counties, in the San Francisco Bay Area and along the Northern California coast. Therefore, homosexual "marriages" are unlawful in at least 43 California counties. See Northern District map.

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