The court ruled that California’s marriage laws do not violate the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.
Ron Prentis is with the Sacramento-based California Family Council which is against gay marriage. He says they didn’t know what to expect from the courts.
"In California courts it’s always unpredictable. We weren’t quite sure what was coming out but we’re thrilled for the decision of the courts and how they abided by case law."
But gay rights activists say the fight isn’t over. Kinna Patel is with the Sacramento branch of Marriage Equality U-S-A.
"All hope is not lost. This is just a step in the process. We will be continuing this fight regardless of the decision that we were handed."
The First District Court of Appeal agreed with California’s attorney general who argued that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage does not discriminate against gays and lesbians because of the state’s strong domestic partner law.