California Readies for Wave of Gay Weddings Today

But conservative ax looms over ceremonies
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2008 4:52 AM CDT
Bonnie Aspen, left, and Willow Williams, right, are Washington state residents planning to get married in California, where gay marriages will be allowed starting at 5 p.m. today.   (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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(Newser) – San Francisco officials are preparing for an expected tidal wave of weddings this evening as gay marriage officially becomes legal in California at 5pm. But celebrations could be short-lived if a November initiative blocks the court decision that paved the way for the marriages. The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at California’s support of gay marriage, which at 51% is higher than ever—but so is the vehemence of the opposition.

While San Francisco's Bay Area residents "more than in any other region in the state are supportive of same-sex marriage," Californians overall "are deeply divided on this issue and have very strong differences along party lines," said one political analyst.