When Burbank newlyweds Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo stumbled into San Francisco City Hall on June 30 just moments after marching in the city's gay pride parade they were overwhelmed by what they saw.
Dozens of same-sex couples — some in their 70s, others joined by their parents, many with flower girls and boys in bowties by their sides — were lined up, waiting to get married.
"I said, 'Jeff, stop, take a look around, everybody's getting married in this room right now,'" Katami recalled this week. "You think to yourself, 'How could anyone stand against this?'"
Just two days earlier, Katami and Zarrillo had themselves gotten married.
The moment marked the culmination of a more than four-year legal battle — full of emotional testimonies, near-endless court hearings and trips to Washington D.C. — in which Katami, 40, and Zarrillo, 39, along with a lesbian couple from Berkeley, challenged Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.