MONTEREY COUNTY

County clerk against gay marriage ban

Monterey County's clerk joined 19 other California county clerks Friday in opposing a bid to reimpose a ban on same-sex marriages.

Proponents of Proposition 8, which was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, have asked the California Supreme Court to block the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

The state Supreme Court rejected the Proposition 8 supporters' request for an immediate stay on Monday but asked the state for written briefs. County clerks were also directed to respond. The clerks in the coordinated brief contend the state has a responsibility for a uniform system of issuing marriage licenses.

SALINAS

Steer dies during rodeo

A steer died during the California Rodeo Salinas on Friday when it collided with a steer wrestler's horse.

"The horse of the steer wrestler stumbled and stepped on the steer's neck," a statement from rodeo officials said. "The steer was loaded onto the veterinary team's sled to move it for evaluation outside the arena and the steer died before reaching the edge of the arena. Veterinarian Tim Eastman suspects the steer fractured its neck. Dr. Eastman commented that he had never seen anything like that and it was a freak accident. The horse and cowboy are reported to be uninjured."

A video showing the incident was posted to YouTube from a website using the URL