California's Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8, the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. This marks a setback for gay rights activists following a string of victories this year: Iowa and Vermont both legalized gay marriage, a gay marriage legalization bill has garnered some national attention in New York, and New Hampshire's legislature is currently working out a gay marriage policy with the state's governor.

It appears the next step for Prop 8 opponents will be a ballot initiative to repeal the ban in the next election cycle: Lambda Legal lawyer Jennifer Pizer tells The Washington Post that the groups involved in the issue favor that course.