Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are the Berkeley women who filed a legal challenge to Prop. 8. They first tried to marry in 2004 when then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom began issuing licenses. They are the parents of four boys.

Shortly after the Supreme Court released its ruling on Prop. 8 this morning, President Obama called the couple, who had been waiting at the court for the ruling, to congratulate them (see video above).

Kriss Perry and Sandy Stier
Kriss Perry and Sandy Stier

“The future of our country, the prosperity of our country lies in the enforcement of equality and fairness,” Perry told MSNBC. “That’s what brings us together as a country.

The Supreme Court issued two 5-4 rulings on same-sex marriage today. In one, they struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. In the other, they declined to hear the case concerning Prop. 8, leaving in place the trial court victory on the issue.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...