that this is particularly significant, because California’s supreme court is held in such high-regard across the US. Could it trigger a wave of similar rulings, and turn the anti-gay marriage tide? Possibly, but Crain warns that those who oppose gay marriage are going to make it a tough fight even to retain this ruling in California. A group called (how ironically!) VoteYesMarriage.com is preparing a ballot, which could see the ruling voted down:
California alone represents the 8th largest economy in the world and over 12% of the U.S. population. In short, what happens in California has tremendous influence economically, politically, socially and culturally. California has a long history of starting new ideas in the United States.
Our opponents know all this, so it will be a do-or-die situation for them. They will want to punish the court if they rule our way to send a message to other state courts not to do the same. If they lose the ballot initiative in California, they know the same sex marriage war is all but over.