Californians react to Supreme Court decision to rule on Prop 8

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, December 7, 2012 22:52 EDT
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Californians are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to rule on Proposition 8, a ballot measure that banned same-sex marriages after the state granted same-sex couples that right, reported CBS Sacramento.

Many same-sex couples were disappointed, the station said, as they were hoping the court would decline to take the Prop 8 case specifically. That would have allowed the appellate court ruling — which struck down Prop 8 because, it argued, voters cannot block rights already given to citizens — to stand.

“We were ready to have weddings on the west steps of the state capitol within a week,” said one supporter.

Nicola Simmersbach, who is engaged to Diana Luiz, said, it was “horrendous” to have a personal decision like marriage delayed by unfair laws.

Opponents of same-sex marriage also spoke out.

“Well, this is the day we’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” said Andy Pugno, who wrote Prop 8. He believes the court will rule the ballot initiative constitutional.

“This is something that should belong to the people and the legislative branch to decide for themselves and not to have this imposed by the federal court,” he said.

Jeff Zarillo, who was part of a lawsuit against Prop 8, said he was excited but anxious about the future of same-sex marriage in California. “This is why we have a court system,” he said. “It’s to take care of the minority when they’re being oppressed by the majority.”

Watch the video, via CBS Sacramento, below.

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