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Four Years Ago: Perry Challenge to California’s Prop 8 Filed in Federal Court

Sandy Stier, Kris Perry, Chad Griffin
and Ted Olson (Photo courtesy of AFER)

On May 22, 2009, two same-sex couples – Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo – filed suit against the State of California in federal court, arguing that California’s Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution by denying them a fundamental right and depriving them of equal protection of the laws.

Prop 8 had passed at the ballot the previous November, stripping same-sex couples of the right to marry in California.

The couples were represented by attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies and supported by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), an organization co-founded by HRC President Chad Griffin.

After victories in both the District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Perry case is now awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. View and share our timeline detailing the case's historic road to the Supreme Court below. Visit hrc.org/scotus to learn more about some of the ways the Supreme Court could rule.

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