Key Names/Players

There are a lot of names coming up in the liveblogging and analytical coverage. So we want to provide a place to centralize a listing of the names and some brief bios.

When new lawyers/witnesses are introduced we will be updating this page, and as we find new information about the individuals listed.


Perry v. Schwarzenegger: the formal name of this case. Perry is one of the plaintiffs. Officially as Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the defendant, but he and the Attorney General, Jerry Brown, have refused to defend Prop 8. Instead, — the Yes on 8 campaign — is the primary defendant. The trial is being heard in federal District Court. More background here.

Judge Vaughn Walker: is Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and is the presiding judge for the trial. He was nominated to the bench by Ronald Reagan and has been the chief judge since 2004. More here.
American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER): The non-profit organization founded by Chad Griffin and Bruce Cohen which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs. Their website can be found here. formerly the “Yes on 8” campaign, the organization has evolved into an advocacy group and is acting as the primary defendant. They sent our organization a cease-and-desist letter demanding we remove the logo on this site. You can read about it here and here.
Ron Prentice: former Yes on 8 chairman who now serves at the Executive Director for, which is leading the defense.


Ted Olson: former solicitor general, who has argued 55 cases in front of the Supreme Court, winning 46 of them, most famously on the winning side of Bush v Gore, representing George W. Bush. He is one of the preeminent conservative lawyers in the country. He is arguing for the plaintiffs, supporting marriage equality. WikiPedia entry.
David Boies: was faced Olson in Bush v. Gore, representing Vice-President Al Gore. Boies is an extremely well-respected lawyer with a great deal of experience arguing in front of the Supreme Court. He and Olson are friends. Wikipedia entry.
Therese “Terry” Stewart is an attorney for the city of San Francisco.
Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. a partner in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Group. Mr. Boutrous received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1987, where he was Valedictorian and Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review.
Christopher D. Dusseault is Co-Partner in chare of the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is an expert in appellate and constitutional law. He received his J.D. with high honors from Duke University School of Law in 1994.


Andy Pugno: chief legal counsel and current candidate for the Assembly. He is blogging for about the trial.

Charles Cooper

David Thompson

Al Wilson


Paul Katami & Jeffrey Zarrillo; Kristin Perry & Sandra Stier: the four plaintiffs, two committed couples who are not permitted to wed under current California law. All of them testified on the first day of the trial.

Professor Nancy Cott in 2002, she was a Sterling Professor at Yale, the highest honor Yale gives professor. Then she moved to Harvard as Trumball Professor of American History. She has published eight books. Cott has a long history of research in the history of marriage. She wrote and published PUBLIC VOWS, a history of marriage and the nation. Cott first started investigating the history of marriage in the US in 1990. She looked at history of marriage as a public institution, a structure created by government for social benefit.
Dr. George Chauncey is a professor if history at Yale University. He is best known for his book “Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male Word, 1890-1940. Chauncey was the lead author of the Historians’ Amicus Brief in Lawrence v. Texas. More at Wikipedia.
Dr. Letitia Peplau is social psychologist from UCLA and an expert on relationship research. She has done research work on same-sex couples since the 1970’s, and has been a pioneer in this field.
Edmund Egan , Chief Economist, City and County of SF, director of the office of economic analysis within the controller’s office of SF. Egan was and still is Adjunct Prof. at UC Berkeley where he teaches grad students and teaches “Urban and Regional Economy” to masters and PhD students. Before joining the county in 2007 he worked on Toronto economic plan and before joining SF worked on SF plan. Egan published a series of articles on economic policy and analysis and has a PhD from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Ilan H. Meyer, Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health is up. He is testifying about the stigma and prejudice gay and lesbian individuals face in society.
Dr. Michael Lamb is a social psychologist at the University of Cambridge and prior to that he was at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he headed the developmental psychology team. He has studied in this field since the 1970s. Dr. Lamb’s research focus has been on the factors that affect children’s development and adjustment, which allow them to act effectively in their environment.
Helen Zia is a writer who has spent decades covering Asian American communities, and social and political movements. She has written two books including “Asian American Dreams: Emergence of an American People” and “My Country vs. Me” about Wen Ho Lee, who was falsely accused of spying at Los Alamos. Zia is also the former executive editor of Ms. Magazine. She is a lesbian and contributed emotional testimony about her own personal experiences.
Jerry Sanders is the current Republican Mayor and former Police Chief of the City of San Diego who is the father of a lesbian daughter. Sanders testified about his decision, as Mayor, to support the City of San Diego’s participation in an amicus brief advocating against the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and why he concluded supporting marriage equality was and is in the best interest of the local government and community.
M.V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D. is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Badgett testified about the private harms caused by Prop. 8 and the impact of same-sex marriage on the marriages of different-sex couples.

Ryan Kendall is a gay man who testified about the “conversation therapy” he underwent in his youth and how he has been affected by discrimination.

Gary M. Segura, Ph.D is a Professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. He testified about the relative political power of gays and lesbians as a class of citizens, and their level of political vulnerability.

Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Davis. He testified about the nature of sexual orientation; that mainstream mental health professionals and behavioral scientists do not regard homosexuality as an illness or disorder, and that “change therapies” have been scientifically discounted, and can be extremely harmful.


Dr. Kenneth P. Miller is an associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California.

David Blankenhorn is the founder and president of the Institute for American Values.

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