The Campaign for California Families spent years opposing same-sex marriage, making its case with briefs in the trial and appellate courts, and arguing its position before the state’s highest court early last year.

But the Sacramento-based group now says it was never a true party to the marriage cases and shouldn’t have to pay the $12,000 in court costs ordered by S.F. Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer for those pre-Proposition 8 battles.