Gays and their supporters in Lodi and Galt were glad to learn that a 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals panel ruled in favor of gay marriage in California on Tuesday, though some believe it's just another step toward having the issue decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
"It's a great step forward to what will hopefully be the right to marry," said Nicholas Hadden, executive director of the San Joaquin Pride Center in Stockton. "While I'm excited and happy, my excitement is tempered in that they put a stay on getting married. It looks like it's going to the Supreme Court, so we'll see what happens."