Perhaps it was inevitable that the U.S. Supreme Court would confront the issue of same-sex marriage. But in the history of great civil rights advances in this country, key players rarely wait for Fate to make her move. Instead, they forge ahead and provoke a decision to be felt for decades.
Burbank residents Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo assumed that role when they joined a lesbian couple in filing a legal challenge to California's Proposition 8, the voter-approved initiative that limited marriage to a man and a woman.
Last year, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals narrowly struck down Proposition 8 by upholding a lower court decision, setting the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement on Friday that it would, for the first time, weigh in on the issue.