WASHINGTON - On Friday the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, erupting cheers from gay rights activists and supporters across the state.
From activists to politicians, many were quick to respond to the historic ruling.
Governor Jerry Brown: "With the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots this weekend, we're reminded of how long and winding the road to equality has been. Today, our highest court has upheld a principle enshrined in our Constitution, but only now finally realized for same-sex couples across America."
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom: "I celebrate today's decision but recognize that the fight for equality is not over. Far from it. As we look to the future, I urge those with whom I have walked this march to continue forward with vigilance and resolve."
Attorney General Kamala Harris: "Finally the highest court in the land has acknowledged that marriage is a fundamental right to which no one should be denied. This holding reaffirms the sacred principle that all people are created equal. It's time to end the debate – let the wedding bells ring."
Congresswoman Lois Capps: "Today is a great day. The Court has ruled definitively on what we have known in our hearts all along – that all Americans should have the freedom to marry the person whom they love."
State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins: "This is a very emotional day. We feel relief, of course, that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the fundamental right of same-sex couples to legally commit their lives to each other. We feel admiration for the couples and the advocates who have fought for marriage equality through election after election and court after court, never giving up. And we feel pride in a movement that has helped inform public opinion and bring about justice in what, historically, is a relatively swift period of time. But most of all, we feel joy for every couple in every state who now have the opportunity to share their lives with the respect, dignity and legal protections that marriage brings."
State Controller Betty T. Yee: "I'm thrilled for the millions of families across this nation whose relationships have been affirmed by today's Supreme Court ruling, and grateful for the activists and advocates who have fought this battle for so many years."
Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider: "After years of hard-fought battles here in California and throughout our nation, today is a day to celebrate this decisive and historic victory for equality across America."
Santa Barbara Country Supervisor Salud Carbajal: "I strongly support the decision announced today by the Supreme Court affirming that same sex couples and their families have the same rights as everyone else in society and that they deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and equality under the law."
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute: "Today's decision is an unmitigated disaster for democracy and constitutional interpretation, Justice Kennedy did not even attempt to explain what level of scrutiny he was relying upon to invalidate state laws that reflect the millennia-old marriage tradition."
Reverend Frank Schaefer, (pastor of the University United Methodist Church of Isla Vista) "Today's court decision feels like a complete victory after so many hard fought legal battles, rallies, and educational campaigns in which so many have sacrificed so much." Said Shaefer. "It feels like a new day, the beginning of the end of the discrimination of LGBTQ persons in our nation."
Shaefer gained national attention when he officiated the wedding of his gay son.
"I anticipate today's ruling to have a tremendous effect on religious communities throughout our nation encouraging them to accept and welcome LGBTQ persons and to extend same-sex marriage rights to them."