Orange County opponents of Proposition 8 planned to celebrate Wednesday evening while those who supported the voter-approved ban on gay marriage vowed to continue fighting.
A scheduled rally at Sasscer Park across from the federal courthouse in Santa Ana turned into a celebration after a federal judge threw out the divisive measure, which garnered wide voter support in Orange County.
Locals toasted the decision at the Tin Lizzy, a gay bar in Costa Mesa.
"This is the next step to our future," said patron Audie Contreras, an Anaheim Hills resident. "We got some people getting off work early and coming in talking about how excited they are."
The bar is in the process of making a special drink for the occasion, possibly named the Prop. 8, and plans to offer drink specials on Aug. 8.
Tom Thorkelson lives in Newport Beach and is the director of Interfaith Relations on the Orange County Council for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.