"Love prevailed today," Kris Perry pridefully told the crowd of revelers. Perry and her partner, Sandy Stier, were also plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Prop. 8. Perry grew up a "tomboy" in Bakersfield, a rural farming town, in central California, surrounded by people "who voted differently" than her parents. During her testimony against Prop. 8 in 2010, Perry told Federal District Court judge:
"I have never really let myself want [to get married] until now. Growing up as a lesbian, you don't let yourself want it, because everyone tells you you are never going to have it."
Perry and Stier met in their late 30's and were married in San Francisco in 2004 but the two were denied a marriage license in 2009 after Proposition 8 passed in California. The couple thanked their four sons from the stage. Stier, joyfully asked the crowd, "Do women rock or do women rock?!"