About 300 supporters of traditional marriage gathered today in front of the County Administration Building to celebrate last week's California Supreme Court ruling that upheld Proposition 8.

" We cannot overstate the importance of that victory,'' lawyer Charles LiMandri told the crowd.

The state high court ruled 6-1 that the voter-approved measure properly amended California's constitution to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

LiMandri, who worked on the legal case, said opponents of gay marriage feared that if they lost California, same-sex marriage would sweep across the nation.

Although same-sex marriage has again been banned in California, five other states have made it legal.

The rally was organized by local faith-based organizations and churches.

LiMandri said marriage was created when God made the different sexes.

" The state cannot change marriage any more than it can change us or our beliefs,'' he said.

Among the speakers was Rick Prejean, the father of Miss California and Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean, who believes she lost the title because she said she opposed same-sex unions during the pageant.

" We've got to stand up for the way we've raised our children and never apologize,'' said Prejean, whose daughter was out of town.

Several of the speakers warned attendees that the fight to preserve traditional marriage was not over, and they had to remain engaged in the process.

About a dozen counter-protestors chanted into loudspeakers during the peaceful event.