THEY DID! Lesbian Prop 8 couple marries in California

What a freaking week. The court of appeals for the 9th circuit in California has just lifted its injunction on the lower court’s order striking down Proposition 8. That means marriages of gay couples in California begin again, immediately.

The flood gates are open. And to risk mixing my metaphors, this genie ain’t going back in the bottle any more. It’s over. We won.

The first couple to marry was Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, in San Francisco, below.  Later, Prop 8 Plaintiffs Jeff Katami and Paul Zarrillo got married tonight in Los Angeles.


Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier about to get their marriage license in California as marriages for gay couples begin again in California following historic Supreme Court ruling. (Photo via HRC)

It’s over, they’re married! Well, they said their “I dos” and got their license, now they’re having a ceremony in moments – it’s rather confusing. You can watch it live here in moments.

And here’s the photo from the actual wedding, as compare to getting their marriage certificate from the clerk in the photo above:


And here’s the video of the wedding:


BREAKING: Immediate Return of Marriage Equality to California a Joyous Day for America

Following historic decisions, weddings begin immediately as 9th Circuit ends Prop 8 once and for all

WASHINGTON – Gay and lesbian couples will immediately be able to marry in California thanks to decisive action by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to lift the stay on same-sex marriages. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released the following statement from San Francisco:

“After four and a half long and painful years, justice for committed gay and lesbian couples has finally been delivered. In California, a time of struggle and indignity are over, and love, justice and freedom begin anew. And now, no election, no judge – no one – can take this basic right away. At long last, marriage has finally returned to the most populous state in the nation.

“Kris Perry and Sandy Stier’s twin sons were just starting high school when their moms’ right to marry was taken away, now, as they prepare to start college, they will finally see their family recognized in the eyes of their state and their country. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, now free to marry, can finally plan the family they’ve always wanted. Thousands upon thousands of lives are about to change for the better, for good. And young LGBT people across the Golden State will can today look forward to a future where they are truly and fully equal.

“Today is a day of profound celebration, but tomorrow – and every day from here on out – we will fight until joy, dignity, and full equality in all its forms reach each and every corner of this vast country.”

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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38 Responses to “THEY DID! Lesbian Prop 8 couple marries in California”

  1. samizdat says:

    This is all so friggin’ awesome! And surreal, in a way. With all of the other Constitutional, human and civil rights being abridged, abrogated, or otherwise ignored, it’s really strange to see that two people of the same sex may be married to one another…legally.

    Feels good to be a human today, and in spite of myself, American. Truly, this is astoundingly good news.

  2. karmanot says:

    Damn right!

  3. karmanot says:

    Yep, and a million middle fingers to the planet Kolob and the Vatican! Suck a wafer, Arch Bishop bigot Salvatore Cordileone of SF!

  4. karmanot says:


  5. pappyvet says:

    Wonderful! Well done !

  6. Butch1 says:

    Congratulations to California! ( again! ) That makes thirteen states and the District of Columbia that allows equal rights in marriages of same sex couples.

  7. citizen_spot says:

    Best wishes from Santa Clara county!

  8. GarySFBCN says:

    This was not at all planned. I know one of them and as of 6:55 am we had plans at noon. Then at 10:50 I got another email from her, saying that something was up with the case and she had to cancel. Nobody knew if the Ninth Circuit would lift the stay, and at 10:59 Kamala Harris (California AG) tweets still show that the stay was not lifted. Then at 3:35 Kamala tweeted that she was on her way to to City Hall to marry the couple.

    This was rushed and I don’t know if was to seal the deal quickly – for legal reasons, or there were other motives, but I’m glad it happened.

    And as someone who got married the day before the prop 8 election, with my (now) husband flying in from Spain the night before, I can tell you all the planning in the world does not ensure that things will go as planned. We had so many fuck-ups including the photographer not showing up, the very sweet Asian judge who married us unable to pronounce “L” and “R” (my husband’s name has two Ls and three Rs, none sequential), and the press chasing- us all around City Hall (we were wearing barongs and had beautiful, 8′ Hawaiian leis), and it was all very chaotic, and we were not the center of attention and the center of the major civil rights cases in the 2000s.

    But you know, all that matters is that we are married, that Sandy and Kris are married and any of the rest of you in California, 12 other states, 15 countries and a handful of other places can do so.

  9. BeccaM says:

    From the LA Times:

    Only one marriage license was issued in Los Angeles County today – for the Proposition 8 plaintiffs, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Burbank, who were to be wed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in City Hall on Friday evening.,0,7824573.story

    Congratulations to Paul and Jeff!

  10. BeccaM says:

    I couldn’t agree more.

  11. PeteWa says:

    I agree with you, and also with John at the surprise that the mayor was there.

    it does happen all the time, yes, and it could very likely not have happened this time.

  12. BeccaM says:

    My wife and I were among the couples married in SF in ’04.

  13. runfastandwin says:


  14. How very lovely! says:

    ♫ Time now is for dancing! ♫

    City Hall venue is very locally meaningful. That’s where Gavin Newsom (Yaay! ::confetti for Gavin Newsom:: ) used to marry gay couples in 2004 and 2008, before the Terminator showdown and Prop Hate. Also, every wedding at City Hall is like watching one more couple stomp all over Dan White. (Lovely, lovely building too.)

  15. bkmn says:

    Congratulations ladies, both on your wedding and your new found place in history.

  16. BeccaM says:

    They put their family through the public media grinder for years, and had to expose the innermost details of their lives to convince the courts that yes, they really were a family, even absent legal recognition.

    I’m not going to begrudge them this one moment of privacy while they exchanged their vows.

  17. PeteWa says:

    Grats to the lovely ladies!

  18. nicho says:

    No, I meant people get married by mayors all the time. That seemed to be what you were shocked at. “Mayor … Of all people.”

  19. nicho says:

    Waiting to see the pictures.

  20. nicho says:

    And major, major, major kudos to Ted Olson and David Boies. And major, major, major, major kudos to those people who went ahead with the suit despite being warned by “cooler heads” who said they had to wait.

  21. Really, you mean all the time when 2 of the four most recognized couples of a nationwide campaign who have intentionally made themselves national spokespeople – you mean, when they get married, in the first historic marriage meant to go down in the history books – you mean, that “all the time” happens behind closed doors? :) In fact, they did do a public ceremony.

  22. BeccaM says:

    I have to say this: Major, major kudos to the judges of the 9th Circuit who didn’t make gay and lesbian couples wait a month and who, through lifting their stay immediately, denied the bigots any chance to delay or interfere with marriage equality in California.

    This, along with the news from the Office of Personnel Management out of DC, ordering eligibility for ALL legally married federal employees, gives me hope that my wife and I will actually see full, nationwide equal rights for gay and lesbian couples within our lifetimes.

  23. nicho says:

    Not to inject negativity into a joyous occasion, but — Dennis Hollingsworth, suck it! Mormon cult, suck it! Catholic child-raping clergy, suck it!

    You may resume celebrating.

  24. BeccaM says:

    I hate crowds, too, and so does my wife. Hence we’re still planning to wait a few weeks and probably go to the Santa Clara county courthouse instead. Have one of our friends deputized to perform the ceremony, etc.

    Just git ‘er done. ;-)

  25. nicho says:

    Why odd? It happens all the time.

  26. Thom Allen says:

    Lessee. Santorum said that when gays got married in CA, people could have sex with their dogs. Gohmert said that polygamy would start. Bachmaniac said we needed to pray.

    Gohmert is now screwing anything that even remotely resembles a female in DC. Bachmaniac has been duped into joining the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Santorum’s dog is getting real nervous.

  27. maildude39 says:

    Congratulations to the new Brides!

  28. Okay, they said “I do” to get their marriage license, then went into the Mayor’s office for a private ceremony (at this point, it’s a bit odd having a private ceremony with the mayor officiating of all people – but that’s what it is :)

  29. cole3244 says:

    i hope kamala harris is the future of the dem party, go west young person go west.

  30. Just posted the photo, they did it.

  31. nicho says:

    On one hand, I wish I were there. OTOH, I’m glad I’m not. I don’t like crowds.

  32. How very lovely! says:

    The first one this afternoon has been delayed until 4:45. Live feed here of local news, so you can see it as it happens. (Look at the weather, though…what the hell am I doing inside?)

  33. citizen_spot says:

    This weekend’s SF Pride celebration is going to be huge!!

  34. Thom Allen says:

    Supposedly Kamala Harris, the CA Atty. Gen., is already performing same-sex marriages.

  35. rerutled says:

    I think this is the scene in the movie where everyone throws up their hats and shouts. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo are getting their license as we speak, and if they get it, they’re heading to Los Angeles City Hall post haste….. and they got it! They’re heading to City Hall!

  36. How very lovely! says:

    Yaaay! At last, some family values in California.

  37. nicho says:

    There’s still 45 minutes to get to the County Clerk’s office. ;-)

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