Target: Kris Perry and Sandy Stier; Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo
Goal: Thank these two brave couples for taking a stand in the Supreme Court and ultimately helping to restore marriage equality in California.
On June 26 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling that ended California’s Proposition 8 and ultimately restored marriage equality for same-sex couples. This, along with their ruling to end the Defense of Marriage Act, made for a historic day in our country, and while there were many that stood on the front lines to make this happen in California, there are two specific couples who went in front of the Supreme Court themselves. Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, the mothers of two twin boys, along with Paul Katami and Jeff Zarillo, knew that in order to reclaim their right to marry, they had to stand up and fight for it. Thanks to their brave efforts, same-sex couples in California now have the right to marry.
Back in 2008, a California judge determined that same-sex marriages in the state would be legal. When that ruling was made, thousands of couples across the state got married, and this instantly changed the lives of so many. In November of that year, opponents of this ruling created and voted on a proposition that reversed the ruling of same sex marriage, making it illegal again. Suddenly, all of those couples who wanted to get married in California were unable to, although anyone who got married before November 5th was still considered to be legally married. People everywhere were outraged that this could happen, and for the last four years, activists have been fighting to get Proposition 8 ended. Well, thanks to the noble efforts of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, along with Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, Proposition 8 has just been overturned, and same sex marriage has been immediately restored in California.
Had these two brave couples not taken their fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, Prop 8 would still be in effect today, and so many same-sex couples would still be denied the right to marry. Sign this petition to thank these two brave couples for standing up to the highest court in the land to demand that they be given equal protection under the law.
Dear Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami, and Jeff Zarrillo,
June 26 2013 was a historic day for our nation. Marriage equality prevailed on both a national level because of the repealing of DOMA and in California because of the ending of Proposition 8. Many people from all over were affected in November of 2008 when Prop 8 was put into place, ending on that day the legalization of same-sex marriage. While it is clear that many people fought for this proposition to be overturned, the actions that the four of you took to make it happen one way or another are the reason that the people of California can now be given the right to marry whomever it is they love.
I am signing this petition today to thank you for standing up in front of the Supreme Court to demand that you and thousands of others be protected and treated equally under the law. By not sitting by and allowing it to continue, you were able to be the voices of so many that just wanted to be able to legally marry the people they love. I commend you for your noble fight, for doing the right thing, and for representing so many people that just want to be treated equally.
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