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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

CA Supreme Court Upholds Prop. 8, But Also 18K Gay Marriages

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

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The Supreme Court voted 6-1 to uphold Prop. 8, the November ballot initiative banning same-sex marriages. That's not exactly a surprise, considering the flavor of the questions from the justices during oral arguments a couple of months ago. It was more unclear what the justices would do about the 18,000 gay marriages that took place last year before Prop. 8 was passed. Today the justices decided that the initiative wasn't retroactive and those couples will remain married.

SF Weekly reporter Peter Jamison was down at the state Supreme Court earlier and said the crowd booed when the ruling came down and briefly chanted "Shame on you!" Peter also saw people already gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to undo Prop. 8.

Meanwhile, our online news editor Joe Eskenazi says things are quiet down in the Castro for now. News crews even complained to him, "It's so dead down here."

We'll keep adding updates during the day about the aftermath of the decision on this blog and also on Twitter.

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