Sadly on the amazing day that Americans decided to elect their first black President, Californians voted for Proposition 8 to pass by a very narrow margin, which prevents the equal rights of same sex couples to marry.
The decision of whether or not to overturn this unfair Proposition 8 now lies with the California Supreme Court which has until 3rd June 2009 to decide whether it is a violation of civil rights and whether you can amend the Constitution to take away anyone's fundamental rights. Basically, the right to marry should not be put up for a popular vote.
I may not understand the full legality of the process, but it comes down to equality at the end of the day.
It's nice to see the support for gay marriage in my local neighbourhood of West Hollywood, especially as there are so many gay men and women living here. But we're probably speaking to those who already understand the issues and so it's important to explain and educate those who didn't vote, or voted in favour of Proposition 8, that peoples' basic rights are being denied.
How would you like it if you were told you couldn't marry someone that you loved? How backward would it be if you couldn't marry someone who was a different colour, from a different country or was a different age to you?
Or what if someone passed a law saying that you couldn't worship or believe in who you wanted to? It wouldn't be fair would it?
This is not just an issue for Californians, but for everyone in America and around the World. To find out more information and what you can do to support gay marriage visit Let California Ring and Equality California.
No one should tell us who we are allowed to love...