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Prop. 8: Court decision 'a triumph for democracy,' says Huntington Beach resident

May 26, 2009 | 11:00 am

Terri Fallan wasn't strongly for or against the ban on gay marriage, but the Huntington Beach resident called the court's upholding November's vote for Proposition 8 "a triumph for democracy."

"For once, I'm glad that the voters weren't overturned by the court," Fallan, 51, said over coffee with two friends outside a bagel shop. "I'm just tired of the state voting and the court saying we're going to reverse what you said."

For Huntington Beach couple Janie Hemminger and Ann Lake, news that the court was upholding a ban on gay marriage was crushing; partners for 20 years, they had hoped to get married once they were sure the  law would support it. "We wanted to wait and see what happened," before getting married, said Hemminger, 64, a retired nurse, while looking over a newspaper at a bagel shop. "So we're disappointed."

"But not discouraged," chimed in Lake,  a 69-year-old retired insurance company clerk.

"The fight will go on," Hemminger said. "Eventually it will have to happen," she said, as it has recently in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states.

-- Tony Barboza

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