Timeline

A Timeline of Perry v. Brown

May 15, 2008: The California Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry under the state constitution.

June 16, 2008: County offices across California begin to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

November 4, 2008: California voters adopt Proposition 8, amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.  Prop. 8 passes with 52% of the vote.

May 22, 2009: The American Foundation for Equal Rights files suit in federal court, claiming that Prop. 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.  David Boies and Theodore B. Olson serve as plaintiffs’ counsel on the case.

January 11, 2010: Perry goes to trial with U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker presiding.  Judge Walker hears arguments about the history of marriage and the discrimination against LGBT Americans.  For transcripts of the trial, click here.

August 4, 2010: The U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California rules that Prop. 8 violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Defendants appeal.

February 7, 2012: The Ninth Circuit rules in favor of the Plaintiffs 2-1, declaring Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Judge Reinhardt, writing for the majority, does not adopt the reasoning of the court below and finds Prop. 8 unconstitutional on narrower grounds.

February 21, 2012: The Ninth Circuit denies the request to rehear the case en banc.

July 31, 2012: Proponents of Prop. 8 appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 Trial Transcripts