San Diego clerk withdraws bid to revive Prop. 8

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The San Diego County government official in charge of issuing marriage licenses has withdrawn a legal bid to stop gay marriage since another group already has a similar challenge pending.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. said he was withdrawing his request for the state Supreme Court to halt gay weddings because the sponsors of a 2008 ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage have filed a similar petition.

Gay rights groups had criticized Dronenburg for making the request last month.

Dronenburg has argued that counties need legal guidance on whether they are required to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

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