In a split decision that ultimately heavily favors the opponents of gay marriage, the California Supreme Court today, May 26, upheld Proposition 8 while allowing about 18,000 gay marriages already performed to stand.
Reaction was swift from both sides, who had organized large groups scattered across California, from West Hollywood to the Central Valley, to celebrate or protest the ruling, and experts and politicians rushed to be the first to weigh in.
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One of the first out of the gate was John Garamendi, who dreams of becoming governor, and said, "on this disappointing day, it's worth remembering that the final outcome of this struggle has already been determined. Time is on our side, and Californians will one day soon repeal Proposition 8. Patti and I have been married for 43 years, and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBT community and their allies."