06/17/2014 02:08 pm ET Updated Jun 17, 2014

Prop 8 Plaintiffs: 'We Have A Lot Of Work To Do' On Equality In The U.S.

Proposition 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier discussed how the Supreme Court's repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and decision on Prop 8 have continued to influence non-discrimination policies in the United States on HuffPost Live Tuesday.

"There are couples like Sandy and I living in 30 states who would otherwise have benefits through DOMA, the repeal of DOMA, but can't take advantage because their state still bans marriage between same-sex couples," Perry said. "And so we have a lot of work to still do on getting every state to have what California has."

The same day that the Supreme Court repealed DOMA, it rejected a petition from Prop 8 supporters to halt same-sex marriage in California.

Steier added that the ultimate goal is "helping people feel included socially and having those government protections that actually equate to inclusion at all levels of life so that we don't have bullying happening in schools, we don't have discrimination in the workplace."

But the biggest impediment to full equality may be religious exemptions.

"There are a lot of places where religious exemptions are being used as ways to continue to discriminate or to continue to keep groups apart and I think it's an issue that may become a bigger and bigger challenge," Perry concluded.

Watch a clip of their interview above.



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