SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Today's Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California has been greeted with applause by a crowd that gathered at San Francisco's City Hall.
But at the same time, the reaction was shaded by the fact that the court had sidestepped the larger question of whether banning gay marriage is unconstitutional.
The justices let stand a trial court ruling that overturned California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. The court held that the coalition of religious groups that put Proposition 8 on the ballot didn't have the authority to defend it after state officials refused to do so.
There may now be more legal wrangling before California can again issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The head of the Human Rights Campaign, a supporter of gay marriage, says his group will be pushing for court action within days that would allow the marriages to resume. Chad Griffin says, "Those couples should be planning those weddings tonight."
207-r-18-(Sound of gay marriage supporters in West Hollywood, after the announcement of the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act)--Sound of gay marriage supporters in West Hollywood, after the announcement of the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act. (26 Jun 2013)