"I have to go biblical on that," said Marvin Ellis, 51, of North Hollywood, who was selling umbrellas in a steady drizzle outside the North Hollywood Red Line station. "A man should be with another woman, not another man."
The Bible, Ellis added, refers to Adam and Eve -- "not Adam and Steve.
Robert Orum, 51, a Los Angeles resident, said Proposition 8 -- the 2008 measure that banned gay marriage -- should be allowed to stand because it represents a majority of the state's voters.
"I think the voters in California should be respected," Orum said.
Weston Lutz, 20, of Valencia, who described himself as a "hard-core conservative" said he nonetheless supports the ruling.
"My mom said if you turn gay I'll love you. My dad said if you ever turned gay, I'll disown you," Lutz said. "But I support the decision 100 percent. It's a matter of fairness. I believe what goes on in a household is a personal thing."
Nelson Estevez, 30, an aspiring actor who just moved to Hollywood from New York, also supported the ruling.
"For me, love is love," Estevez said. "I just feel like marriage nowadays is more of a business. For me, it doesn't matter. Love has no gender. Love has no race. Love is neutral."
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, the only openly gay member of the council, hailed the court decision.
"This is great, we won," Rosendahl declared. "What this means is it puts us on a step toward equal rights with heterosexuals.
Rosendahl said a federal court judgment could change thousands of rules and regulations on equal rights for homosexuals, such as shared property and family rights.
"This is a major victory for gays and lesbians," Rosendahl said.
Rosendahl said he had performed eight weddings during the period where gay marriages were allowed -- five for gay couples and three for straight couples.
State Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Antelope Valley, said she opposed the ruling.
"Today's court decision is an affront to the voters of California," Runner said. "Proposition 8 was approved by the people of this state. Our democracy is based on the power of individuals and their right to express their voice through the ballot box. This court decision not only disregarded voters' rights, it muffled their democratic freedoms."
Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, said the ruling upholds the constitutional principle that all Americans are equal under the law.
"The court declared that none of our friends or neighbors should be singled out by the government and told they are not allowed to marry the person they love," Feuer said.
"Unfortunately, this decision is likely to be appealed, so Californians who believe in fairness and equality must not rest until the discrimination compelled by Proposition 8 is eliminated once and for all."
Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, D-Los Angeles, who is openly gay, noted there is still a political and legal battle ahead before gay marriages can be performed in California.
"We know we have a long road to travel before we achieve our full and equal standing in the eyes of the law, but today's ruling is a strong validation of our belief that we will ultimately prevail," Perez said in a written statement. "This is another proud moment for Californians of conscience, and I am very pleased with the ruling."