Same-Sex Marriage & the Supreme Court: A Plaintiff’s Story


Same-Sex Marriage & the Supreme Court: A Plaintiff’s Story


Kris Perry



In May 2009, two California couples—Kris Perry and Sandy Stier of Berkeley, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Burbank—filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging California’s Proposition 8 under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Represented by distinguished attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, who famously faced-off in Bush v. Gore, the plaintiffs and their case, now known as Hollingsworth v. Perry, have forever changed America’s legal and political landscape surrounding marriage equality.

On March 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in Perry to review the judgment of the federal court of appeals that upheld the decision of the federal district court that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. A decision from the Supreme Court, which is expected by June 2013, could result in marriage equality nationwide.

In this lecture, Kris Perry (First Five Years Fund) will discuss her personal experience as one of the plaintiffs in this landmark civil rights lawsuit. From testifying at trial and watching oral argument at the Supreme Court, to seeing her twin boys go through high school during the case, to being represented by the nation’s top lawyers, Perry will provide an intimate, first-hand account of the case that bears her name—and what she hopes the future holds for marriage equality in America.

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same-sex marriage, Supreme Court, California's Proposition 8, Fourteenth Amendment, marriage equality, civil rights, lesbian, gay


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Legal Studies | Supreme Court of the United States

Same-Sex Marriage & the Supreme Court: A Plaintiff’s Story