California Attorney General Jerry Brown is unsure whether his support for gay marriage is helping or hurting his bid for governor.

Brown and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are under pressure by social conservatives to appeal a federal district court ruling that found the state's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, unconstitutional.

Both officials – the named defendants in the suit – have refused to defend the law and urged the court to lift a hold on the decision as it's being appealed. Doubts have been raised about whether Protect Marriage, the sponsor of the measure, has legal standing to appeal the ruling as ordinary citizens.

Last week, a Christian-based legal group asked a court to force the state to act. The suit was rejected without an explanation. Socially conservative Republicans have also joined in the chorus, sending Schwarzenegger a letter last week urging the Republican to appeal the case before the September 11 deadline.

It makes for a bit of drama for the campaign, but who's winning in the court of public opinion – Brown who is supporting the court's decision or his rival, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who has said she would defend the law – remains unclear.

And Brown himself wasn't commenting.

“I don't know,” he told gay glossy The Advocate. “I think it's the right thing to do. So beyond that, I'm not going to try to interpret anything.”

He did, however, reiterate why he's taken such a position: “The factor for me was the opinion of the California Supreme Court holding that marriage is a fundamental right and that same-sex couples were included within that right. Once our own constitutional body determines that that was a fundamental right, even though the people passed Proposition 8, I felt that the Fourteenth Amendment is the protector of fundamental rights. And our courts had already defined that,that it was a reasonable thing to do – to look to the Fourteenth Amendment to uphold what our own court had found before Prop. 8.”