To mark the one-year anniversary of the historic ruling that legalized marriage equality once and for all, two of the plaintiffs in the Hollingsworth vs. Perry case, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, will celebrate their marriage at the iconic Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The attorneys who argued their case in front of the Supreme Court, Ted Olson and David Boies, will officiate the ceremony.
In a press release shared with 429Magazine, the couple said, “We want our wedding to be a celebration with family and friends, as well as those that supported us during our 4.5 year legal battle that won equal marriage rights at our nation’s Supreme Court. Everyone dreams of their wedding day and we as gay Americans have to continue affirming that equality under the law should apply to all Americans. Our wedding is an opportunity to show that marriage is a fundamental, protected right and to reassure all those that live in states that prohibit marriage equality that their day is also coming.”
The ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on June 28, 2014, will include as special guests well-known entertainers, political figures, members of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, and of course Katami and Zarrillo’s friends and family. A complete list of guests will be released prior to the event.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts is hosting the event as part of its outreach to the LGBT community, most recently demonstrated with its “Stay Hilton. Go Out.” Initiative, a celebration of LGBT travel and culture. The chain’s parent company, Hilton Worldwide, is known for being a strong supporter of LGBT people.
In the press release, Katami and Zarrillo describe themselves as two “regular guys who just happened to love each other.” Together since 2001, they wanted to marry in 2008, but their legal options fell far short of what they could be. To change that, the couple joined the federal lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 in California, and helped take it all the way to the US Supreme Court.
After the historic court ruling, Katami and Zarrillo were married by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Los Angeles City Hall on June 26, 2013.
The press release states, “The couple’s journey has directly impacted the lives of millions of Americans who have battled for full federal recognition. Paul and Jeff motivate and inspire through countless speaking engagements and television, print, and digital media appearances including CNN, MSNBC, and, Time, among others. They recently were honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award and have received countless other accolades for their service and dedication to equality. The new documentary ‘The Case Against 8,’ which chronicles their journey, debuts in June. Follow Paul and Jeff on Twitter at: @katamizarrillo.”