Prop 8 Plaintiffs

Get to Know the Prop 8 Plaintiffs

It was a historic day, with the Supreme Court ruling both the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional, sparking celebrations across the country and even engagement announcements by celebrities. The decision came after years of legal battles led by same-sex couples Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, who left the courthouse cheering after their victory today. Get to know more about the foursome that spearheaded the historic ruling below:

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier

  • Relationship status: Together since 1997
  • Children: Sons Spencer, Elliott, Frank, and Tom
  • Home state: California
  • Marriage status: Married in 2004 in San Francisco, before their union was voided by the courts.
  • Stance: "We simply want for each other and our children the same rights as other American families."
  • Legal involvement: After being denied a marriage license in 2009, Kris and Sandy sued multiple state officials, making them plaintiffs in the case.

For the background on Paul and Jeff, just read more.

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo

  • Relationship status: Together since 1998
  • Children: None
  • Home state: California
  • Marriage status: After wanting to marry since 2008, Paul proposed to Jeff on the steps of the Supreme Court today.
  • Stance: "This is about our equality. This is about our freedom and our liberty. So we are not trying to topple marriage. We are not trying to redefine marriage. What we are trying to say is that equality is the backbone of our country."
  • Legal involvement: Paul and Jeff were also denied marriage licenses and joined Kris and Sandy on the lawsuit. They sought for the state of California to recognize their relationships as marriages, rather than seeking "the right to same-sex marriage," which would be recognition of a new right.
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