The door to gay marriage in California — opened with a 4-3 ruling by the same court last spring and closed by voters in November — remains blocked for now as a result of Tuesday's 6-1 decision. The court held that the ban, which passed with 52 percent of the vote, was a legal exercise of the virtually unfettered initiative power the California Constitution grants its citizens.
Protests of the court's decision were held across the nation. In St. Louis, activists gathered in front of City Hall, its rotunda pillars draped in an expansive rainbow flag. Ed Reggi, who married his partner of 10 years this month in Iowa, challenged the crowd of about 200 to speak out on the issue.
In Los Angeles, about 100 people sat down in an intersection near the University of California, Los Angeles during rush hour and several hundred protesters gathered at a rally in West Hollywood where actress Drew Barrymore addressed the crowd.