Lesbian activist couple on California marriage equality

Robin Tyler and Diane Olson

Robin Tyler (left) and Diane Olson after their wedding on the steps of the Beverly Hills Courthouse (Photo: AP/Kevork Djansezian)

BY LOU CHIBARRO JR.
Washington Blade

For lesbian activists Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, who have been a couple for more than 19 years, last week’s Supreme Court hearing on California’s Proposition 8 had a special meaning. In February 2004, Tyler and Olson were among the first two couples to file a lawsuit challenging the California law prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying. The lawsuit led to the California Supreme Court’s decision in 2008 declaring that same-sex marriages must be recognized under the state’s constitution.

As Tyler and Olson sat in the Supreme Court chambers on March 26 watching the attorneys argue for and against whether Prop 8 should be declared unconstitutional, each said they couldn’t help but recall how it all started for them 12 years earlier in Beverly Hills, where Olson was raised.

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