District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis criticized for endorsing County Clerk Ernie Dronenburg

LGBT activists want Dumanis to rescind endorsement

SAN DIEGO - San Diego's LGBT community is lashing out at District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis over her endorsement of embattled County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernie Dronenburg.

Dronenburg has faced criticism since last July, when he challenged the state Supreme Court's decision to lift the stay on gay marriage.

Now, Dumanis is feeling the wrath of some members of the gay community.

National LGBT Policy Activist Sean Sala told 10News, "It looks like a betrayal."

Dronenburg is up for re-election, but he stirred up quite a hornet's nest with his challenge of the state Supreme Court's ruling. The gay community called for his resignation, but he refused to step down and said he just wanted clarification on how to move forward.

Sala doesn't believe Dronenburg, and he feels the county assessor has an anti-gay agenda.

Additionally, Sala can't understand why Dumanis, the nation's first openly gay district attorney, is putting her support behind Dronenburg.

"She stood with me for endorsing marriage equality," he said. "Yet she's endorsed the very force that tried, at the last second, to destroy everything that we fought for."

Dumanis and her spokesperson provided this written statement:

"I have no plans at this time to rescind my endorsement of the County Assessor. When Mr. Dronenburg took the action he did regarding the issuing of same sex marriage licenses, I met with him to voice my strong concerns. He then withdrew his petition to the State Supreme Court. … I've learned that by communicating, we can often change hearts and minds one person at a time."

Dumanis is also running for re-election for a fourth term. She now has two opponents.

Dronenburg has three opponents.

The election is in June, and both have to win more than 50 percent of the vote or they will head to a runoff election.

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