Last Tuesday, Californians went to the polls and approved a change to the state's constitution that would limit the legal definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, effectively banning same-sex marriage in the state. Over the weekend, protests over passage of Proposition 8 attracted demonstrators on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Many legal experts predict that the issue may once again be resolved -- perhaps only temporariliy -- in the courts.
The New York Times reports that weekend demonstrations on Prop 8 drew thousands throughout California, in cities like Lake Forest, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco. According to the Los Angeles Times, the legal validity of same-sex marriage in California could hinge on a future California Supreme Court decision on whether Proposition 8's ban on gay marriage is a mere "amendment" to the state's constitution, or rises to the level of a constitutional "revision." CNN.com reports that state votes effectively banning same-sex marriage in Arizona, California, and Florida were somewhat paradoxical on an election day that saw Barack Obama elevated to the Office of the President.