The California State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday—by a vote of 6-to-1—to uphold Proposition 8, the voter-approved amendment that bans gay marriage in the state. No surprise there. The court also voted to protect the 18,000 gay marriages that were authorized before Prop. 8 passed last year, by a vote of 52 percent. “Gay rights activists say they may ask voters to repeal the marriage ban as early as next year, and opponents have pledged to fight any such effort,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The court’s only Democrat, Justice Carlos R. Moreno, was in the minority.