LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Proponents of same-sex marriage danced, shouted and applauded with glee in the streets of West Hollywood Wednesday after the Supreme Court decided they would not rule on California’s controversial Prop 8.
By not ruling in a 5-4 decision, the court, in effect, said the state could again perform same-sex unions. However, opponents of same-sex marriage vowed to fight on with appeals.
Californians passed Prop. 8 in 2008 with 52 percent voting to block gay marriage, but the court of public opinion says 60 percent of Californians now support same-sex marriage.
CBS2’s Amy Johnson talked to many in West Hollywood, a community that is 40 percent LGBT.
“I’m crying, but I’m crying out of joy,” Martha Acevedo said. “I’m crying over the fact we are valid under the law now. Our peers can start treating us equally now.”
Ross Von Matzke said he’s been waiting nearly five years for this day.
“This is the culmination of an almost five-year roller coaster ride. Couples whose marriages have been in limbo, waiting to see how this would all pan out. It’s an emotional day,” Von Matzke said.