California became the second state to allow gays and lesbians marriages on Thursday when California Supreme Court passed legislation that annulled the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages and repealed criminal penalties for adultery, oral sex and sodomy between consenting adults.
California’s gay and lesbian community greeted the court’s judgment with tears, hugs, kisses and at least one instant proposal of matrimony. Crowd of people raised their fists in triumph inside City Hall, and people wrapped themselves in the rainbow-colored gay-pride flag outside the courthouse.
"Essentially, this boils down to love. We love each other. We now have equal rights under the law; we’re going to get married,” declared a jubilant Robin Tyler, a plaintiff in the case along with her partner.
On Sept. 29, 2005, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill to legalize same-sex marriage, leaving the issue up to voters or judges. On Dec. 20, 2006, the California Supreme Court agreed to decide the constitutionality of same-sex marriage ban. On Oct. 12, 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger again vetoed the bill to legalize same-sex marriage, saying voters and the state Supreme Court should decide the issue. On March 4, 2008, the California Supreme Court began hearing arguments by same-sex marriage supporters and opponents.