The movement to legalize gay marriage has gained momentum nationwide in a way almost unthinkable just a few years ago — but one of its heroes says there was no feeling of inevitability about her Supreme Court victory that toppled California's Proposition 8.
"We didn't know we were going to win until we won," former plaintiff Kris Perry told "Top Line" during a discussion of a new HBO documentary that gives viewers a front-row seat for her five-year legal battle.
Perry and a co-director of “The Case Against 8,” Ben Cotner, talked about the moment when the nation's highest court effectively declared unconstitutional Prop. 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that said only heterosexual marriages would be recognized in California.
“So, we’re sitting in the courtroom waiting and waiting for the rulings to be read and, actually, the case was the last case ruled on that day, so it was down to the wire,” Perry said. “And Chief Justice Roberts was reading the ruling, which gave us all a pause,Read More »from ‘The Case Against 8’: How the fight for LGBT marriage rights in California was won