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Reactions to California Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Some reactions to Thursday's California Supreme Court ruling that overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex couples in the biggest U.S. state to wed.


"At the end of the day, this is about real people and their lives. This is about their families. It doesn't get much more personal than this. ... This is an extraordinary day. This is an extraordinary moment."

-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom


"President Bush has always believed marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. Today's decision by the California Supreme Court illustrates that a federal constitutional amendment is the best way for the people to decide what marriage means."

-White House Press Secretary Dana Perino


"I respect the court's decision and as governor, I will uphold its ruling."

-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger


"What an outrage. It will be up to the people of California to preserve traditional marriage by passing a constitutional amendment. ... Only then can they protect themselves from this latest example of judicial tyranny."

-James Dobson, chairman of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family


"Essentially, this boils down to love. We love each other. We now have equal rights under the law... We're going to get married. No Tupperware, please."

-Robin Tyler, a plaintiff in the case along with her partner, Diane Olson


"This is what the California Supreme Court has said: Children have a new role model - homosexual marriage, aspire to it. This is a disaster."

-Randy Thomasson of VoteYesMarriage.com, a campaign to amend the California Constitution to ban gay marriage


"Because the California Supreme Court is looked to by other states as a leader in family law, we hope and expect that this decision will be persuasive and influential in other states throughout this nation."

-Gloria Allred, lawyer for two Southern California plaintiffs in the case


"Today's decision of California's high court opens the door for policymakers to deconstruct traditional marriage and create another institution under the guise of equal protection."

-Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference


"I welcome the California Supreme Court's historic decision. I have long fought against discrimination and believe that the state constitution provides for equal treatment for all of California's citizens and families, which today's decision recognizes."

-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco


"This ruling is a conservative one. The justices have ensured that the law treats all Californians fairly and equally. This decision is a good one for all families, gay and non-gay."

-James Vaughn, director of the California Log Cabin Republicans


"Today the California Supreme Court took a giant leap to ensure that everybody - not just in the state of California, but throughout the country - will have equal treatment under the law."

- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who helped argue the case before the Supreme Court


"We won. Today is the day we've been working for - a watershed for basic fairness and human dignity. Profound social change starts in California, and does not end here. It influences the rest of the nation."

-Maya Harris, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California


"We all know that love knows no boundary. Today, in the great state of California, neither does fairness and opportunity."

-Lorri Jean, chief executive of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center


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