Gay Rights Groups Vow to Fight Prop 8

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One day after the California Supreme Court upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage, gay rights groups are already planning their next strategy.

Supporters of traditional marriage say they aren't just happy the justices gave Proposition 8 the green light-- they're pleased that the high court validated the votes of some 7 million Californians.

CBN News spoke with Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice.  He's monitoring the ruling from Israel.

"I think that's the most significant part of this decision--the citizens of the state get to make the determination in that marriage in and of itself will be a huge deterrent to some who think they can simply move through the courts and bulldoze in a redefinition of marriage," Sekulow said.

Click play to watch Heather Sells' report.  Also, learn more about the impact of the recent Prop 8 ruling here, with Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund.

But the court did validate the marriages of same-sex couples in California last year, which could bring another round of legal challenges.

"There's already talk that a lawsuit is about to be filed, but the reality is the people of the state of California have spoken," Sekulow explained.  "The Supreme Court has spoken and said the people have the right to determine their destiny on this issue and I think that ends the debate, unless there's an attempt to make a federal claim."

Gay rights supporters are showing their political power in protests up and down the state, and even across the country from Dallas to Washington, D.C.

Pro-gay celebrities have made their voices heard as well.

"I felt very angry today," said openly gay celebrity Perez Hilton.  "A lot of people felt sadness, but I've moved beyond that and anger moves people to act and I think right now everyone needs to do their own part which is to be very vocal."

Gay rights activists say they're not giving up.  They'll return to the ballot box--the only decision is when. 

If they go up next year, they take advantage of national momentum on the issue, but waiting until 2012 could mean a stronger economy and easier fund-raising--plus a public that's more willing to accept gay marriage.

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Heather Sells enjoys reporting on a variety of issues for CBN News. Some of her recent stories have focused on religious liberties, technology, AIDS, overseas missions, domestic trafficking, and politics.  Follow Heather on Twitter @SellsHeather and "like" her at Facebook.com/HeatherSellsCBNNews.