Judge Constance Russell ruled Tuesday that the gay marriage ban passed in 2004 violates the single-subject rule for ballot issues in Georgia, and therefore is unconstitutional (under the Georgia constitution). Sonny will try to get the Supreme Court to hear the appeal soon enough to put a revamped ban on the ballot in November if Judge Russell's ruling is upheld.
UGA's Charles Bullock's quoted assessment that the only group this is good for is the Republicans is right on. It's right in their wheelhouse on two issues: gay marriage and judicial activism. It doesn't matter what the actual merits of Judge Russell's decision was; she will be cast as an activist nullifying the will of the people (which is sometimes, you know, a judge's job...but I won't digress into a fullblown discussion on that right now). If the Supreme Court upholds the ruling, well, they're activists too. The Republicans are probably hoping for the ruling to be upheld, because as on many issues, they don't care about the actual policy. They just want an issue whereby they can get poor cultural conservatives to keep them in power. And if the Court upholds the ruling in time to get another ban on the ballot in November, the R's get to milk both issues (gayness and activism) all over again.
A further sign of where Georgia is as a state on this issue: both Cox and Taylor support the ban (despite Cox's "I actually was for it even while I was against it" misstep).