A Burbank couple made national headlines this year after successfully tackling Proposition 8, California's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage.
Burbank residents Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, along with a lesbian couple from Berkeley, challenged the ban in what amounted to a four-year legal battle, full of emotional testimonies, near-endless court hearings and trips to Washington, D.C.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively nullified Proposition 8 by sending the case back to California, where a judge in 2010 had overturned the ban.
"I look forward to growing old with the man I love," Zarrillo said in statements carried live on national television shortly after the ruling. "Today is a great day to be American."
In the two-week period before the decision, Katami and Zarrillo traveled to D.C. four times — once for just five hours — each time, not knowing if that could be the day the decision would be released.