Rather than protecting or supporting the families of opposite-sex couples, Amendment 3 perpetuates inequality by holding that the families and relationships of same-sex couples are not now, nor ever will be, worthy of recognition. Amendment 3 does not thereby elevate the status of opposite-sex marriage; it merely demeans the dignity of same-sex couples. And while the State cites an interest in protecting traditional marriage, it protects that interest by denying one of the most traditional aspects of marriage to thousands of its citizens: the right to form a family that is strengthened by a partnership based on love, intimacy, and shared responsibilities. The Plaintiffs’ desire to publicly declare their vows of commitment and support to each other is a testament to the strength of marriage in society, not a sign that, by opening its doors to all individuals, it is in danger of collapse.Remarkably, he didn't stay the decision, so couples have rushed out to get married.
The Governor is not happy. Nor is the Mormon church.
An appeal has been filed, and a request for a stay is expected. Whether the marriages will remain intact or be annulled? well....we pre-Prop8 couples have been there, done that. Ours were "grandfathered in" after Prop H8. Good luck, brothers and sisters!
Update: excellent analysis from Think PRogress here.