The California Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, the anti-gay-marriage law passed last November. The vote was 6-1. The justices ruled the approximately 18,000 Californians married to members of their own gender during the brief window between the legalization and criminalization of marriage equality may remain married, but no further California same-sex marriage will be recognized.
On MSNBC, Charles Schumer said he was disappointed with the decision, but also that in America “we inexorably move toward equality, and we will on this issue too.”
“As I wade through my many emotions — heartache, disappointment, grief, anger, and disbelief — one thing is clear: we will regain the freedom to marry in California,” says Kate’s Blog at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center plans a rally in Sheridan Square this evening at 6 p.m.
Update: Conservatives are cautiously joyous, and seem a little miffed that the Court didn’t make the existing gay-married couples break up. “The enemies of marriage are certain to take the issue back to the ballot box,” says A Shepherd’s Voice, “so we need to be prepared.” “Will the anti-Prop. 8 mob restrain itself?” asks Michelle Malkin.