After 13 years together, the lesbian
couple at the center of the Proposition 8 case say they're hoping for
a small wedding.
Kris Perry, 48, and Sandy Stier, 50,
along with Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo of Burbank, are challenging
the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's 2008
voter-approved constitutional amendment which defines marriage as a
The Supreme Court will hear oral
arguments in the case on Tuesday and is expected to hand down a
ruling in June.
to the AP, the women said they would be in the courtroom when
their lawyer, Theodore Olson, attempts to persuade the justices to
strike down California's ban.
The women married in 2004, when
then-Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered San Francisco officials to issue
marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. But six months later,
the state Supreme Court invalided those marriages.
“[I]t was one of the sadder points of
our wedding,” Perry said.
They said they are hoping the court
issues the broadest possible ruling. And, if the court rules in
their favor, they will marry in a small, private ceremony.
“We did the big celebration a long
time ago,” Perry said. “I hope this will be something a lot
bigger than the two of us.”