Certainly there is a reason to celebrate the ruling by the California Supreme Court on Gay Marriage. Apparently four of the seven justices recognized that gender and sexual orientation, just like race, can not be grounds to deny rights to individuals.
However, there is a downside to this. The Gay Marriage Amendment people in Florida will be banging this drum all the way through to November. The only argument they’ve been able to offer for the amendment is not that it benefits society, but that it prevents “activist judges” from overturning the state laws prohibiting gay marriage.
This will certainly give them ammunition, and might insight some voters to turn out who might now have otherwise. This would also probably provide some benefit to John McCain as well.