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VIDEOS: Paul and Jeff share their story of why they are fighting for marriage equality

SAN FRANCISCO – Sometimes, in groundbreaking legal cases like California’s Proposition 8 case, we forget that there are human faces behind all the legal wrangling.

Meet Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, the two same-sex couples who are the plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case.

Perry and Stier have been together for more than a decade. Perry heads a childhood health and education agency and Stier works for a county health department. Their family includes four boys, so they spend a lot of time, like most parents, involved in taking their kids to sports activities and music lessons and attending PTA meetings.

Katami and Zarrillo have been a couple for nine years. Katami is a business owner and Zarrillo is the general manager for a movie theater company. They own a home together. Like thousands of others like them across this country, they long for the freedom to marry.

Take a couple of minutes and watch how Paul and Jeff met, how they fell in love and why marriage matters to them. This case is about constitutional principles, but it’s also about real people and real stories. This video, and their story, is why we’re in this fight for marriage equality.


Paul and Jeff from American Foundation for Equal Ri on Vimeo.


Sandy Stier reacts to Prop. 8 ruling



About American Foundation For Equal Rights

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is dedicated to protecting and advancing equal rights for every American.

Through its groundbreaking federal court case against California’s Proposition 8, the foundation is leading the fight for marriage equality and equality under the law for every American.

The foundation’s case, known as Perry v. Schwarzenegger, went to trial on Jan. 11, 2010. The foundation assembled a legal team led by Theodore Olson and David Boies to demonstrate that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution by denying millions of people equal protection under the law.

On Aug. 4, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. On Aug. 12, the judge lifted his stay in the case, saying gay weddings may resume on Wednesday. Also that day, the Prop. 8 supporters filed for an emergency stay with the appeals court in an attempt to prevent the marriages from happening.

More information on the case is available HERE.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.