From Debra Saunders:
[T]his decision changed little. California law already has ensured equal rights for gays and lesbians. All this ruling did is change a name.Sure enough. Now we will all watch that permanent opposition unfold before our eyes.
In short, there was no substantive reason for the court to rule as it did. And in jumping in too soon, the judges have created a permanent opposition -- similar to the permanent opposition to abortion laws -- that would not exist if California voters had changed the law for themselves, as they eventually would have done.