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Trial Day 1: The Plaintiffs Take the Stand

Day 1 of the marriage equality truth commission started with opening statements. Then each of AFER’s plaintiffs then took the stand.

Jeff Zarrillo

The first person to take the stand was Jeff Zarrillo, one of AFER’s plaintiffs. At the time of trial he had been with Paul for nearly 10 years. He talked about how important Paul is to him.

Matt Bomer renacted Jeff ’s testimony during the Los Angeles premiere of “8” the play. Check it out:

Paul Katami

Then Paul took the stand. He said what being married would mean to him:

Matthew Morrison played Paul in the play “8”:

Kris Perry

Kris has been with Sandy for over 10 years and they have four boys. Kris talked about what Prop. 8 did to their family:

Watch Christine Lahti reenact Kris’s testimony:

Sandy Stier

Then Kris’s partner Sandy brought it home:

Jaime Lee Curtis played Sandy in“8.” Here are a few of her scenes:

Next: Trial Day 2 >

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