Your editorial regarding the role of California in the race to recognize same-sex marriage omits what I believe to be the biggest catalyst of the changes taking place in the country.
In 2004, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom took the politically courageous action of ordering his city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. His action began the entire cavalcade going on today and placed California at the forefront of this civil rights battle.
Furthermore, don't forget that about 18,000 gay Californian couples are legally married. That was a very early development in the nation's growing acceptance of gay marriage, despite the subsequent setbacks here.