After the California Supreme Court unanimously decided to toss out a legal challenge to reinstate Proposition 8, supporters reacted by saying that Proposition 8 remains valid.

The high court rejected the petition, considered a last-ditch effort by most, on Wednesday.

(Related: California Supreme Court denies gay marriage Prop 8 proponent's petition.)

In remarks to the Christian Post, Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel for the Christian conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, insisted the decision was just a setback.

“Elected officials should enforce the law,” Nimocks said. “Though the current California officials are unwilling to enforce the state constitution, we remain hopeful that one day Californians will elect officials who will.”

He continued: “It is unfortunate that the California Supreme Court chose not to decide the important, still-unresolved questions about the enforcement of Proposition 8, the law of the land in California. Regrettably, an executive branch that has turned a blind eye to the enforcement of its state's constitution has silenced more than 7 million Californians who clearly expressed their views about marriage. The court's decision today, however, does not end the debate about marriage in California.”

Proposition 8 tumbled after the Supreme Court ruled that interveners lacked standing to defend the law, leaving in place a 2010 circuit court ruling declaring it unconstitutional. Supporters claim that Proposition 8 remains valid because a circuit order cannot overturn a statewide law.