"I don't like the court's decision at all. Gays whine and complain when they don't get their way. We have to look in the Bible and understand that marriage is between a man and a woman," said Greg Giusti, as he thumbed through the pages of his Bible. "God will judge you and wants us to vote for male and female unions in November!"
While many, like Dina Hilliard, expressed "mixed feelings" about same-sex marriages, the issue is expected to draw passionate responses from both sides of the debate. And protestors have vowed to come back to picket same-sex marriages in the upcoming months.
Groups like the Liberty Counsel and the Campaign for California Families (CCF), a nonprofit group for the sanctity of man and women marriages, have vowed to defeat the November ballot initiative that will ask voters to amend the constitution and define marriage as only between a man and woman.
"I'm confident that California will watch everyone flash their marriage certificates around and react," said Randy Thomasson, founder and president CCF. "Maybe same-sex marriages is a good thing. It will just make the backlash stronger."
Thomasson says they are busy drumming up support and educating the public about the alleged danger same-sex marriages pose to the sanctity of marriage, as well as the threat the court's decision poses to the sanctity of the state constitution.
Then there is the other side. "I'm confident that people will respond to the love and commitment that so many of these same-sex couples represent," said Shannon Price Minter, the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and lead council who represented more than dozen couples who battled the state Supreme Court and May 15 ruling.
He said he's hopeful California will live up to its role as a progressive state — the kind of state that paves the way for justice in all the others.
"We've got a fight ahead of us," said Newsome. "It is critical to the success of our efforts to defeat this amendment. I don't want all of this to be for naught."