Da Tech Guy looks at the other impact on the Prop 8 decision - they don't care what voters think.
Any sort of referendum is very hard. It requires a vast amount of people willing to invest millions of dollars and months or maybe even years of time while being willing to stand up to opponents who will vilify you. In a one party state it’s even harder since the people who oppose you control all levers of government, making it easy to punish your friends and reward your foes.
Why go though all that time and effort and expense when even if you win, all the party machine needs is a single sympathetic lower court judge to rule in their and violà you’re foiled without standing to appeal.
Fans of Gay Marriage might be cheering today, but not as loud as fans of one party autocratic government.