Kris Perry and Sandy Stier said they only wanted "the same rights as other American families". Together the women stood on the steps of the U. Supreme Court Wednesday, their hands joined and raised in victory to celebrate the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Told in their own voice, this is the story of two women who took their struggle for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court -- and won. Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are the lead plaintiffs in the team that sued the state of California to restore marriage equality. Bywhen Californians voted in Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage, Kris and Sandy had been a couple raising their four sons for almost a decade.
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The couple sued to overturn the state's voter-approved gay marriage ban along with Jeff Katami and Paul Zarrillo, who planned to marry Friday evening at Los Angeles City Hall. Although the couple have fought for the right to wed for years, their wedding came together in a flurry when a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order Friday afternoon dissolving, "effective immediately," a stay it imposed on gay marriages while the lawsuit challenging the ban advanced through the courts. Sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban called the appeals court's swift action "outrageous.
By Peggy Townsend. Instead, the Merrill College graduate with degrees in sociology and psychology thinks how life will be different for children nationwide because of what she did. Perry was the named plaintiff in a lawsuit that challenged, and eventually overturned, Proposition 8, a California constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.
They will be joined in conversation by Mary Anne Case. About the book: Told in their own voice, this is the story of two women who took their struggle for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court--and won. Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are the lead plaintiffs in the team that sued the state of California to restore marriage equality.
Proposition 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier experienced a huge victory earlier this week when the Supreme Court left California's gay marriage ban for dead. On Friday, the couple's triumph came full circle when they tied the knot in first same-sex marriage held in the state in four and a half years. The move was prompted when the 9th U. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a surprise order dissolving a stay it had imposed on gay marriages during the legal challenge.
The two women, who became a couple inlived in a house in North Berkeley with their four sons, who had been born when the women each had different partners. Their lives were busy with work, carpooling the boys to sporting and school events, watching them play video games and supporting them as they grew older and set out on their own. That ordinariness was hard earned but cherished.