This decision disregards the will of more than 7 million Californians who voted to restore marriage as the unique union of only a man and woman.
Some civics lessons as to why sometimes the majority vote does not count. We have 3 branches of government. When the legislature gets to make some decisions, the courts (judiciary) are a check on either the legislature or the tyranny of the majority. Sometimes the majority, with the passion of the times and the prejudices of the time, are not going to get it right which is why we have never before put civil rights up to a public vote! To assert that somehow the majority of the voters are being denied their right to exercise their prejudices against a whole group of people for no reason other than they don't like those people - that runs counter to what it means to being in a democracy.
-KQED Forum 2/7/12