Shelly Bailes & Ellen Pontac
The court’s decision allows about 18,000 already married gay couples to stay wed. But that’s little comfort for one same-sex married couple in Davis.
Ellen Pontac says she’s glad Shelly Bailes is still her wife but upset about the court’s decision.
“So many people say ‘well, this is a bittersweet moment,’ meaning that we would still be married. There’s just really nothing sweet about it.”
Pontac and Bailes were the second same-sex couple to be married in California last June…after the state Supreme Court overturned a 2000 ballot initiative banning same sex marriages. Bailes says the court’s decision to uphold Prop 8 is an injustice.
“I mean I’m glad I’m married but it’s not about our marriage, it’s about equality.”
But Prop 8 supporters like Kevin Snyder with the conservative group – Pacific Justice Institute…say the court has a history of upholding constitutional amendment initiatives…such as the 1972 measure reinstating the death penalty.
“This has happened before. The California Constitution, the way it’s structured is that it has allowed the people to make numerous changes.”
And Pontac and Bailes say they’re confident voters will ultimately change the constitution to legalize same-sex marriages. They plan to help put a gay marriage measure on the November 2010 ballot.