Same-sex marriage supporters lined the streets of San Francisco to celebrate a ruling that attacked Californias traditional marriage laws on Monday, in a manner reminiscent of last Februarys 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 states 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 Kramers ruling comes exactly 13 months after Mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled his Valentines special for homosexual couples in the ultra-liberal city.
Just as Newsoms arrogant decision to sidetrack Californias laws on marriage was struck down, the states high court should overturn Kramers contentious decision to redefine marriage without the peoples consent.
Furthermore, the advocates of traditional marriage must take this ruling as a warning not a defeat and make sure the states constitution is amended to include a clause defining marriage as it should be: a holy union between one man and one woman only.