from the daily dish:
The decision leaves intact the holding of the Marriage Cases that gays have the fundamental "right to marry" under the California constitution, now and in the future; but unless and until the California constitution is again amended to the contrary, such unions cannot be called marriage.and from john culhan:
The deprivation of rights isn’t that big a deal, really, because all that’s been removed by Prop 8 is the word “marriage” rather than the rights that go with it.so: seperate but equal. a civil union is not a marriage. i fail to see anything to celebrate about. however, this perspective does make the decision slightly less overwhelming considering it's about the word.
(hat tip andrew sullivan)