California Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

"Having lived through Massachusetts' marriage experience myself, I think there's no greater influencer than same-sex couples getting married, being productive citizens, being good parents and doing nobody any harm in the process," she said. "We can show Californians who vote in November that it's a good thing for families to be strong.

"We want folks to understand," she said, "[that] like all families in this country, we need the same protections and responsibilities to keep us healthy and strong."

Calling the outcome an "all-points victory," Goldberg said, "I think it is heartening in that the court was, of course, under great political pressure and, as we know from American history, it's terribly important that the court enforce quality guarantees even when a decision might be politically unpopular."

The court's decision will take effect in 30 days, and both Kendell and Goldberg said they expect couples to start marrying after that time.

"Opponents of marriage equality would like to see tidal waves of outrage sweeping the country," Goldberg said. "But the demographics are shifting and the polling is shifting, and while I expect some fireworks over this, my hope and expectation is that not a lot will change" in the California judge's decision.

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