California Couple Profiles
Same-sex couples in California have been riding a roller coaster for the past four years. Since May 2008, when the California Supreme Court extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, thousands of families in the state have experienced momentous victories, crushing setbacks, and a relentless period of uncertainty about the future of marriage. That's because in November 2008, anti-gay forces in the state pushed through Proposition 8, which resulted in a constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples, leaving 18,000 newly married couples, and many other couples who did not marry in that five-month period, in limbo. On June 26, 2013, in a victory for the freedom to marry, the United States Supreme Court dismissed Hollingswoth v. Perry, declaring that the proponents of Proposition 8 lacked standing to appeal the lower court rulings that had already invalidated Prop. 8. Read all about Proposition 8 HERE. Last updated June 2013.
Bill Horn and Scout Masterson
Bill Horn and Scout Masterson - who you may recognize as "The Guncles" from Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood - are hoping that their daughter Simone gets an extra special birthday present shortly after she turns 3 this June: The chance to see her fathers marry, after over a decade of commitment. The couple lives in Los Angeles, CA and they're watching the Supreme Court challenge to the anti-marriage amendment closely. Read More about Bill and Scout.
Kevin Dowell and Tony Ring
Kevin and Tony have been together for nearly five years, after meeting and falling in love in college. In August, they were thrilled to be able to host a happy ceremony and celebration of their commitment to each other - and that their first date nearly five years ago represented the last Valentine's Day they'd spend alone. But they know that marriage matters - and that Proposition 8 must be overturned. Check out photos and video from their gorgeous wedding on Lake Tahoe! Read More about Tony and Kevin.
Corrie Sharp and Jennifer Tom
After nearly ten years of commitment, Corrie Sharp and Jennifer Tom, who live in San Diego, CA, didn't want to wait to get married any longer so they flew to Massachusetts to marry. Now, they're one of many same-sex couples waiting for Prop 8 to be overturned so that they can see their marriage respected where they live. Read More about Corrie and Jennifer.
Mignon Moore and Elaine Harvey
Mignon Moore and Elaine Harvey have been together for 10 years, after meeting in 2002. This summer, they married in New York and celebrated in Mexico - and now they're waiting for Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act to to be overturned so they can finally, universally, give the world a clear picture of their love and commitment for each other. Read More about Mignon and Elaine.
Robert Rohr and Andy Goldfarb
Robert and Andy know that no couple should be denied that same feeling of security, or the same opportunity to publicly express their decision to join together in marriage. That's why they're hosting a house party for our National Engagement Party, which will be celebrated across the country tomorrow, October 13 to raise money to support the state ballot campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. Read More about Robert and Andy.
Corri Planck and Dianne Hardy-Garcia
Corri Planck and Dianne Hardy-Garcia are riding a roller coaster. Since May 2008, when the California Supreme Court extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, Corri and Dianne, and other same-sex couples in California, have experienced momentous victories, crushing setbacks, and a relentless period of uncertainty about the future of marriage in the state. Read More about Corri and Dianne.
Thom Watson and Jeff Tabaco
The couple later packed and headed to California, actually moving into the house where Jeff grew up near San Francisco. After a few more years, they realized they wanted to take the next step – but Proposition 8 meant they couldn't get married in the state. So Thom and Jeff keep living like a married couple – even if technically they're not. "We’re just two guys who live down the street with their two cats, who love each other, who take care of each other when one is sick or hurting, who laugh with each other," says Thom. Read more about Thom and Jeff.