Gay couples outside California’s Supreme court are celebrating its historic ruling legally recognising same sex marriage. Couples could begin exchanging rings as early as next month, but it may be a short-lived victory, as conservatives are likely to try to amend the constitution to ban it.
Opponents may try to get the amendment onto the presidential ballot in November. Twenty six US states have already outlawed the practice. San Francisco’s mayor was delighted his state, America’s most populous, has joined Massachusetts in legalising gay union. The east coast state legalised it four years ago.
One of Gavin Newsom’s first acts on becoming mayor in 2003 was to challenge the state by allowing gay couples to marry at City Hall, and 4,000 couples did in the month before the Supreme Court stopped it.