Gay Marriage Restart in California Comes As Surprise

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SAN FRANCISCO — The restart to gay marriage in California happened very quickly Friday afternoon — coming as a huge surprise to two plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier of Berkeley.


Sandra Stier, left, and Kris Perry are wed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris in San Francisco on June 28.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to greenlight same-sex marriages came abruptly. The couple had gone to work on Friday, and three of their four sons were out of town. The one who did come, Elliot Perry, 18, was the ring bearer.

When Perry first found out that she could marry her longtime partner on Friday, she told herself: “‘Get going, get ready, get dressed.’ That’s what I thought, and that’s what I did.”

Perry and Stier quickly asked California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris to officiate the wedding Friday afternoon. The ceremony occurred at San Francisco City Hall just before 5 p.m., less than two hours after the appeals court acted.


Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were married by outgoing L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at City Hall on June 28.

Harris said she got a call from the couple at 3:30 p.m. asking her to officiate.

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