Seeing as how neither Attorney General Jerry Brown nor Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger want to defend Proposition 8 in court, the anti-gay marriage initiative’s backers found themselves struggling to find publicly elected officials who could claim standing to fight the opposition’s challenge. The Imperial County board of supervisors bailed them out in the initial trial, agreeing to serve as respondents and let the crew from the National Organization for Marriage do the heavy lifting in court. Now, it appears that Imperial County is willing to take it all the way to the Supreme Court, standing up for Prop. 8 when the governor and the attorney general won’t. The Chron‘s Kevin Fagan has an interesting piece on the social climate in Imperial, a dusty, impoverished spit of desert on the Mexico border.