The Governor today has urged the Attorney General to immediately move forward on the gay marriage issue and take it the Georgia Supreme Court.
The Governor is insisting that the Supreme Court deal with the issue by August 9th. If the Court has not made a ruling by then — or for that matter probably if it upholds the lower court — the Governor intends to call a Special Session for August 10th to run no later than the 17th, so that a new amendment can be passed in enough time to get on the November ballot.
Republicans are probably secretly thanking Judge Constance Russell.
Frankly, regardless of prior precedent, I think it would be very difficult for anyone to explain how the citizenry can adopt an amendment to the Constitution and have a court throw it out. Georgia courts have given themselves — the constitution only grants it via court interpretation — leeway in doing that, but it comes across to most people as anti-democratic.
This is a win for Republicans politically.