It's been a roller-coaster ride — and not the fun kind — for same-sex couples in California who want to tie the knot.
First there was the nail-biting trial over Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment approved by a narrow majority of voters that took away the right to marry in the most populous state in the nation. Earlier this year, we watched blow-by-blow as federal Judge Vaughn Walker presided over a lengthy trial as same-sex-marriage opponents and proponents grilled each other testily.
Then there was the wait as Walker crafted his decision — and giddy elation when the judge ruled on Aug. 4 that Prop 8 was an unconstitutional infringement on the civil rights of a beleaguered minority. But not so fast. At the same time, Walker put a stay on the presumed outcome of such a decision — that gay and lesbian couples resume marrying — until the Prop 8 proponents had a chance to file an appeal, which they did.