San Francisco, May 27; California's Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 26 upheld the state's gay marriage ban, also known as Proposition 8 or Prop 8.
In a 6-1 vote the court decided that Prop 8 will remain but it said the 18,000 same-sex weddings that happened before the prohibition were still valid. The court reportedly rejected arguments that the ban need the Legislature's approval over the ban that was approved by voters as it was fundamental in the nature of change.
The gay-couples along with activists fighting for gay rights expressed their disappointment by screaming 'Shame on you!'. The activists said that they would go back to the voters as early as possible and appeal to them towards repealing the ban.
However, on a different note, Andrew P. Pugno, a lawyer for ProtectMarriage.com, the leading group behind the initiative said, "We are extremely pleased that the Supreme Court has acknowledged the right of voters to define marriage in the California Constitution."
While the court maintained that the voters had spoken and that it was final, the gay couples and activists believe that with more efforts put it the change would be inevitable.