When the California Supreme Court ruled that San Francisco gay marriage ceremonies were invalid, it asked that a lower court review the bigger picture. On Monday, that court issued its ruling: the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Last year, Mayor Gavin Newsom challenged the ban by issuing 4,000 marriage licenses to gay couples. The move sparked national controversy - today voters in 11 states have supported measures to prevent such marriages, and 21 consider amendments.
California voters previously defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. The issue is expected to continue on to the state Supreme Court. "We're gratified by today's ruling," San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera stated.