San Francisco’s Gay Marriage Ruling Will Be Short-Lived

Same-sex marriage supporters lined the streets of San Francisco to celebrate a ruling that attacked California’s traditional marriage laws on Monday, in a manner reminiscent of last February’s scenes of gay-nuptial parades and rallies.

However, the gay marriage proponents’ jubilant celebrations are premature, and no one should think for a second that the battle for marriage is over.

First off, the ruling was only tentative. A final decision is not due until the end of the month – at the earliest. San Francisco County Judge Richard Kramer ordered the parties back to court for further evaluation on March 30.

Secondly, even if the ruling is finalized, it will be immediately appealed at the state level. And until the appeals process – which could take weeks or months to even begin – is completed, the ruling will not affect the state’s marriage laws in any way.

By that time, Californians may be given the chance to vote for a constitutional amendment that would protect traditional marriage from any further attacks from the courts.

Judge Kramer’s ruling comes exactly 13 months after Mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled his “Valentine’s special” for homosexual couples in the ultra-liberal city.

Just as Newsom’s arrogant decision to sidetrack California’s laws on marriage was struck down, the state’s high court should overturn Kramer’s contentious decision to redefine marriage without the people’s consent.

Furthermore, the advocates of traditional marriage must take this ruling as a warning – not a defeat – and make sure the state’s constitution is amended to include a clause defining marriage as it should be: a holy union between one man and one woman only.