Gay Marriage in California: High Court Ruling Passed Down
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
Supporters of same sex marriage in California are claiming a big victory.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday voted to let stand a 2010 trial court ruling that overturned Proposition 8 -- the state's voter approved ban on gay marriage.
As soon as the news broke, the phones at the Fresno County Clerk's office started to ring with same-sex couples wanting to marry.
However, the court's action is not a clear-cut ruling and now sends the case back to California.
State and federal judges along with the state's top officials have already said same sex marriage is a matter of equal rights.
But those against same sex marriage quickly say that is yet to happen, and they hope the will of the people will be upheld.
"We have voted twice, the Supreme Court of the state of California said we had to the right to do that, and we've made our laws. What the problem is now is that we do not have leadership of the Governor's Office or in the Lt.Governor's office, or the Attorney General's Office to defend the will of the people," said Jim Franklin, a Fresno pastor.
Chris Jarvis, president of the organization Gay Central Valley, said, "A lot of people in California feel that they should have the right to vote on what marriage is. We see this as a civil rights issue that the courts have to decide all across the country."
Members in the gay and lesbian community say in the last five years the number of people who support gay marriage has grown substantially.
However, many understand it could be months before a decision comes down.