Allow me to add one more voice cheering California for overturning Proposition 8. While those who defend Prop 8 vow to keep battling, possibly even taking it as far as the US Supreme Court, this is certainly a celebratory day for the LGBT community and gives us more weight for our argument on marriage equality.
Despite the victory, it was not immediately determined whether same-sex marriages would be able to resume until after the appeal. The Huffington Post reported that Judge Walker wanted to have a written argument from both sides before he decided, and if appealed, it would first go to the 9th Circuit and then to the US Supreme Court if the justices agreed to take the case.
Appeals can be nerve-wracking, especially when the standing ruling is already for our side, but if it does go all the way to the Supreme Court, it could be in our favor as a nation. If the high justices rule that it is unconstitutional to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying, that could potentially be the gay equivalent of Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 US Supreme Court case that made it unconstitutional to restrict marriages based on race.