Kris Perry and Sandy Stier have been together since 1997 and are the parents of four boys. Perry is executive director of the First Five Years Fund, a national organization that helps America achieve better results in education, health and economic productivity through investments in quality early childhood education programs for disadvantaged children. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.S.W. from San Francisco State University. Stier is the director of information systems for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. Originally from Iowa, she holds a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.P.A. from Golden Gate University.
Perry and Stier first tried to marry in 2004, after the City of San Francisco began issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. They live in Berkeley, California.