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An effort to once again make same-sex marriage legal in California suffered a setback Tuesday as the state’s Supreme Court voted 6-1 to uphold Proposition 8.

But the court unanimously ruled that that 18,000 gay couples who married before voters approved Proposition 8 last November will stay wed.

The court’s decision ended a long-shot effort by same-sex marriage activists that argued that the ban revised the California constitution’s equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature’s approval.

The decision is sparking protests across California and the nation as part of an organized effort called Day of Decision. The effort includes nearly 100 protests set for Tuesday afternoon and evening, including one in Atlanta at Piedmont Park.

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The decision is receiving widespread coverage from media outlets and LGBT blogs:

New York Times: California Supreme Court upholds ban on same-sex marriage

Los Angeles Times: Prop. 8 upheld by California Supreme Court

Washington Post: California Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage ban

CNN: California high court upholds same-sex marriage ban

Among prominent LGBT blogs, Pam’s House Blend is linking to reaction from gay organizations, Bilerico is in mourning, Good As You reminds us where it’s legal for gays to marry and Gay Patriot says the justices made the right call.

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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