Gay marriage ruling draws muted response in SF

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.”

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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)

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184-a-16-(Kris Perry, plaintiff in California Proposition 8 case, with reporters)-”gonna be equal”-Kris Perry, a plaintiff in the California Proposition 8 case, says this is a victory for children who will no longer feel different. (26 Jun 2013)

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208-a-10-(Isabella Restrepo, plans to get married, in AP interview)-”something phenominal, inexplainable”-Isabella Restropo says she’ looking forward to marrying her partner in California. (26 Jun 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: US Supreme Court building, over California state map and rainbow flag texture, with PROP 8 lettering, finished graphic (26 Jun 2013)

APPHOTO CANB114: Revelers drive past San Francisco City Hall waving rainbow flags and an American flag on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The other was a technical legal ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court’s declaration that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) (26 Jun 2013)

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