State Supreme Court upholds gay marriage ban

The state Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

The court ruled 6-to-1 against gay rights activists who argued that the measure was a constitutional revision, and therefore needed the legislature's approval. The court did let 18,000 same-sex marriages stand. Those couples were married after the state's highest court legalized same-sex marriage, and before voters approved Prop 8.

David Bowers was at the courthouse when the ruling came down. He spoke with KPCC's Larry Mantle.

David Bowers: "Extremely disappointed. And now I'm in a group of people who are – my marriage is still held up legal. All my brothers and sisters are out here and they can't get married. I don't understand. I'm disappointed."

Gay rights activists are vowing to fight the court ruling. They're planning protests today. In a statement, Governor Schwarzenegger said that he will uphold the court's ruling, although he believes that someday California will recognize legal gay marriage. He also encouraged people who respond to the court decision to do so peacefully and lawfully.