Perry, Kris and Sandy Stier. “Love on Trial: Our Supreme Court Fight for the Right to Marry”, Roaring Forties, 2017.
“Love on Trial” is the story of two women who took their struggle for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court and won. Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were the lead plaintiffs in the team that sued the state of California to restore marriage equality. By 2008, when Californians voted in Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage, Kris and Sandy had been a couple raising their four sons for almost ten years.
Living in Berkeley, They were a modern family living in Berkeley but they did not have the protections of legal marriage. In alternating voices, Love on Trial” tells the story of each woman’s journey from her 1960s childhood to the US Supreme Court. The women share their stories of growing up in rural America, coming out to their parents, falling in love, and finally becoming a family. They changed from being typical teenagers to having careers, going through the various changes that life brings to the Supreme Court. We get an honest and amusing look at a family that landed in the middle of one of the most important civil rights battles of our time.
Not only is this the captivating story of a family, it is also a look at a profound and important moment in American history. We do need another book on the subject and Kris and Sandy did not need to write one but America needed them to write this book. It is a powerful look at what has become one of the landmark cases about love and marriage. The two women give us a look at why the fought so hard to have the right to marry. It is all about love and equality and the power of ordinary people to change the world.