Put a Ring on It: California Is Marrying Again!

Jim Burroway

June 28th, 2013

Sandy Stier and Kris Perry, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo (Photos courtesy of American Foundation for Equal Rights)

In the wake of Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling kicking Hollingsworth v. Perry back to the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals due to the lack of standing for Prop 8 supporters to appeal, the Ninth Circuit has issued a brief one-sentence order reading, “The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately.”

Which means that marriage equality is golden in Golden State. Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, two of the plaintiffs in the original Prop 8 lawsuit have already gotten their marriage license moments ago in San Francisco. They were later joined by the other two plaintiffs, Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, who got theirs in Norwalk. Congratulations!

Update: California Attorney General Kamala Harris has just officiated is about to officiate Sandy and Kris’s wedding. Jeff and Paul are on the way to Los Angeles to be married by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Update at 4:55 PDT: It’s official. Sandy and Kris are legally married.

Their son watches as Sandy and Kris are married by California AG Kamala Harris in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall.

Update at 5:50 PDT: Jeff and Paul’s wedding will be broadcast live on Rachel Maddow, which begins in ten minutes. You can also watch it live here. They are all dressed, boutonniered and ready to go:

Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami (Photo via Americans for Equal Rights)

Update at 6:20: It’s official! All of the Prop 8 plaintiffs are married.

Timothy Kincaid

June 28th, 2013

Sweet Baby Buddha in the lotus manger!!! All the predictions were that it would take weeks if not a month.

Timothy Kincaid

June 28th, 2013

And I haven’t gotten a single marriage proposal… sigh.


June 28th, 2013

Tim, never loose Faith that there is somebody for everyone. It is true. Age doesn’t have a darned thing to do with finding a soul mate. It can happen at any age.

Richard Rush

June 28th, 2013

Make no mistake. We are living in the End Times . . .
of the inequality against gay people.

“As California goes, so goes the nation”



June 28th, 2013

All the better the second time around, for this time, it’s permanent!


June 28th, 2013

“And I haven’t gotten a single marriage proposal… sigh.”—Well, if you’re not picky about who they come from…

Eric in Oakland

June 28th, 2013

The news this week just keeps getting better and better!!


June 29th, 2013

Such sweet pictures! I’m so happy for these kids.


June 29th, 2013

Can someone explain to me why when these couples move to Georgia their marriage is not recognized?

Mark F.

July 1st, 2013

Charles, Because states are not required to recognize marriages performed in other states, and they never have been.

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