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Prop. 8’s Kris Perry, Sandy Stier Renew Wedding Vows at 20,000 Feet

Prop. 8’s Kris Perry, Sandy Stier Renew Wedding Vows at 20,000 Feet

Kris Perry, Sandy Stier

The pair celebrated the event on a plane as part of a Vow Renewal Package to the LGBTQ+ wedding mecca of Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, the original plaintiffs in the lawsuit that overturned California’s Proposition 8 that banned marriage equality, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their historic wedding by renewing their vows this past weekend onboard an Air Tahiti Nui Dreamliner en route to a second honeymoon in beautiful Tahiti and Bora Bora.

And you can enjoy their same dream vacation to the South Pacific in a special offer you can book only during Pride month this year.

“We’re delighted to celebrate ten years of marriage and equality, as well as tens of thousands of LGBTQ couples, in a place that has a legacy of embracing all of us,” Perry said in a statement.

Perry and Stier first married in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling finding the 2008 proposition unconstitutional in the pair’s landmark Perry vs. Hollingsworth case. Prop. 8, which passed by a vote of 52.24 percent in favor to 47.76 opposed, changed the state’s constitution to include, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

California’s attorney general at the time and the current vice president, Kamala Harris, performed the ceremony on the same day the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lifted a 25-day waiting period on marriage equality following the Supreme Court’s decision. Instead of a future vice president, the June 3 renewal ceremony featured gay-identified chief purser Rodrigue Chan in the Boeing 787’s Poerava Business cabin.

“Air Tahiti Nui is honored to host Kris and Sandy’s vow renewal ceremony in-flight as part of their dream anniversary getaway in one of the most inclusive destinations in the world,” said Caroline Borawski, Air Tahiti Nui’s Vice President of the Americas. “The Islands of Tahiti are known for their incredible hospitality for all people, and Air Tahiti Nui is proud to be a part of that culture that not only accepts but celebrates LGBTQIA+ individuals and their contributions to a more equitable future.”

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Perry and Stier were celebrating the renewal of their vows with six-day, five-night Luxury Vow Renewal Package offered by Air Tahiti Nui in partnership with Tahiti Tourisme, Conrad Bora Bora Nui, and Hilton Hotel Tahiti. This ultimate romantic escape features round-trip airfare and transfers, a single night at the Hilton Hotel Tahiti followed by a four-night stay in Bora Bora at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Guests can choose between beachfront and overwater suites. The Luxury Vow Renewal Package includes a traditional wedding ceremony and certificate, wedding cake, and a bottle of bubbly, and is perfect for LGBTQ+ couples looking to tie the knot or renew their vows. You can learn more about the Vow Renewal Package here and more about Air Tahiti Nui at www.airtahitinui.com.

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