To the Plaintiffs, It's All About 'Equality'

By Susan Jones | March 27, 2013 | 8:24 AM EDT

Sandy Stier, left, and Kris Perry of Berkeley, Calif., tour Washington on Monday, March 25, 2013, a day before their same-sex marriage case was argued before the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

( - The lesbian couple at the center of a closely-watched Supreme Court case insist they are fighting for "equality."

"As children we learn that there is a founding principle that all men and women are created equal. And we want this equality because this is a founding principle,"  plaintiff Kristin Perry told reporters outside the court on Tuesday.

Her partner, Sandy Stier, also raised the equality banner: "I, like all Americans -- I believe in equality. I also believe in our judicial system, and I have great faith in it. But more than anything, I believe in love. And Proposition 8 is a discriminatory law that hurts people. It hurts gays and lesbians in California, and it hurts the children we're raising. And it does so for no good reason.

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"It is our hope that we can move forward and remove this harm from society so that gays and lesbians in California can go back to their lives living equally alongside their neighbors with the same rights and protections as everyone else."

Perry's son Spencer explained how proud he is of his two mothers: "We love them. We love our family, and we look forward to the day when we will be treated equally, just like our neighbors' family."

A third plaintiff, Paul Katami, said the challenge to California's Proposition 8 is about "securing the right to marry the person that I love and also having the equal access to the most important relationship that I know in life, and that's marriage. So I simply look forward to the day where I can be married to the person I love and start a family like Kris and Sandy have. It's as simple as that. It's our constitutional right, and I cannot wait to start my family with Jeff."

Plaintiffs' attorney Ted Olson said the issue is not a Democratic or Republican or conservative or liberal one.

"This is an issue of American constitutional rights in that everyone in this country should agree on the things that we've been talking about. We treat our citizens with equal -- with equality, with dignity, with fairness. The equal protection of the laws is the protection of equal laws, and (fellow attorney David Boies) and I are trying to make that point; that it is not something that's partisan or anything like that. It's about American values."

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