Californians Weigh In On Gay Marriage Ban Ruling

On Wednesday, a federal judge struck down California's Proposition 8, which banned marriage between gay couples. The ruling overturns the ballot measure that 7 million Californians supported. Melissa Block hears from California residents, who weigh in about public opinion in the state being overturned.

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A day after a federal judge overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage, the ruling is still sinking in. Judge Vaughn Walker declared Proposition 8 - passed by voters in 2008 - unconstitutional. In his ruling, Judge Walker wrote that California has no interest in differentiating between same-sex and opposite-sex unions. Here's what some Californians had to say today about the decision.

Ms. PAT PUSHEL(ph): Well, I have to go with my religion, and I don't agree with it. I mean, when the voters voted for it and now one person can overturn it, I don't necessarily agree with that either.

Ms. ANNE RODMAN(ph): Now, I have no problem with gays getting married and paying bills and, you know, going to (unintelligible) do counseling just like everybody else. I think it should be legal.

Mr. JIMMY WOODS(ph): Yeah, I mean, if a federal judge is going to be coming in and, you know, making a decision like this, I think it should become a federal law.

Mr. JOHN BARBA(ph): I have no problem with gay people getting married, but I'd rather they call it something other than marriage.

Ms. CLAUDIA JACKSON(ph): All of this, the vote was so against it, and they're just ignoring it. So this is what's so sad. So here we go again.

BLOCK: That was Pat Pushel of Bakersfield, Anne Rodman of Culver City, Jimmy Woods of Orange County, and John Barba and Claudia Jackson are both from San Diego.

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