American Foundation for Equal Rights

Marriage News Blog

The Plaintiffs Challenging Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court

Post by Dustin Lance Black, founding AFER board member

At its heart, marriage is about the vow two people make—to support each other through good times and bad, in sickness and in health.

Couples like our plaintiffs, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, are ready to make that promise—and it’s our job to make sure everyone knows why marriage is so important—including the Supreme Court Justices.

Kris and Sandy have been together for over 13 years. Together, they have raised four boys—the youngest are now making their college plans. They’ve experienced the challenges and struggles every family faces.

Paul and Jeff have been together for over 12 years and have always seen marriage as the first step to starting a family. They want what their parents have—a long lasting commitment to each other.

We are at the cusp of ensuring couples like Kris & Sandy and Jeff & Paul have the full rights, protections and dignity they are guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Won’t you make a donation today so gay and lesbian Americans are able to get married?

Prop. 8—and every law like it—is unconstitutional. Since AFER was founded we have been making our case in the courts of law and public opinion, and now in less than four days AFER’s attorneys, led by Ted Olson and David Boies, will make our final case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s time gay and lesbian couples are able to get married. Won’t you help us make the case?