Furthermore, in contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation—like a person’s race or gender—does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.
Incidentally, six of the seven judges on the court are Republicans, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican Governor, supports the ruling:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a statement immediately after the opinion was issued saying he would uphold the ruling.
"I respect the Court’s decision and as Governor, I will uphold its ruling. Also, as I have said in the past, I will not support an amendment to the constitution that would overturn this state Supreme Court ruling," he added.
(ht: extensive coverage at Citizen Crain )