Gay Weddings Resume in California

Prop 8 plaintiffs get the honor first

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 29, 2013 5:33 AM CDT | Updated Jun 29, 2013 6:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – The first gay weddings in California since the Supreme Court dealt a death blow to Prop 8 are in the books. First up yesterday were two of the plaintiffs in the case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who wed in San Francisco, reports the Chronicle. "It has taken us nine years to get here," said Perry. In LA, meanwhile, the other two plantiffs—Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo—also got hitched. They might have gotten it done before Perry and Stier if not for one classic LA problem: snarled freeway traffic that delayed the trip to city hall, reports the LA Times. A flood of weddings is expected through the weekend after the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on gay weddings yesterday, about three weeks earlier than expected.

Sandy Stier, left, exchanges wedding vows with Kris Perry during a ceremony presided by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at City Hall in San Francisco Friday.
Sandy Stier, left, exchanges wedding vows with Kris Perry during a ceremony presided by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at City Hall in San Francisco Friday.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sandy Stier, center left, and Kris Perry are greeted with applause as they prepare to be wed in San Francisco.
Sandy Stier, center left, and Kris Perry are greeted with applause as they prepare to be wed in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sandy Stier, left, kisses Kris Perry after their wedding.
Sandy Stier, left, kisses Kris Perry after their wedding.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, left, presides over the wedding of Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, left, presides over the wedding of Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Jeff Zarrillo, left, and Paul Katami are married by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Friday.
Jeff Zarrillo, left, and Paul Katami are married by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Friday.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Jeff Zarrillo, left, and Paul Katami kiss after being married by Friday. Witnessing the marriage are Devin Swanson, far left, and Scott Jones, far right.
Jeff Zarrillo, left, and Paul Katami kiss after being married by Friday. Witnessing the marriage are Devin Swanson, far left, and Scott Jones, far right.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Jeff Zarrillo, left, and Paul Katami are married by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Jeff Zarrillo, left, and Paul Katami are married by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Marriage commissioner Jared Scherer, left, officiates as Pam Shaheen, center, marries Mary Beth Gabriel at City Hall in San Francisco Friday.
Marriage commissioner Jared Scherer, left, officiates as Pam Shaheen, center, marries Mary Beth Gabriel at City Hall in San Francisco Friday.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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