Still, the fact that others would be left out of the process was troubling, Palazzola said.
“It’s a piece of paper, but to take that away from gay people is wrong,” she said. “I think it’s morally wrong, and I just think God would accept any marriage as long as it’s to do with love.”
Proponents of Proposition 8 were heartened by the court’s ruling, which they said protected the sanctity of marriage and synced-up with the will of citizens.
There are other options for same-sex couples wanting to spend their lives together, said Pastor Jon Barta of Valley Baptist Church in Burbank, pointing to domestic partnerships for gay couples.
“It’s not like there’s absolutely no provision for homosexual couples,” Barta said. “For me, what it looks like is they want to redefine marriage, and I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
The continuing controversy over same-sex unions prompted anticipation from both sides that the issue would face voters again in upcoming elections.
“Frankly, I don’t believe it is over,” said La Crescenta resident Robin Johnson, who has spoken at the Crescenta Valley Town Council in opposition to gay marriage.
Pastor John Jackson of Glendale’s Church of the Brethren, who supports “loving covenants” regardless of sexual orientation, hoped the law would gain clarity in the future.
“That ruling to me seems somewhat convoluted,” Jackson said. “If they’re going to allow it, then they need to allow it. It seems like a halfway measure to me.”