A Berkeley couple is at the center of the federal trial to determine same-sex couples’ right to marry which kicked off today in San Francisco.

Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier (pictured above), the mothers of four sons, will be the public face of the debate, along with Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo from southern California.

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The trial was supposed to be recorded on YouTube, but this morning, as the New York Times’ Bay Area blog reported,  the United States Supreme Court issued a statement barring the videotaped coverage until it had time to review the issue more thoroughly.

[Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle]

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...