Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dustin Lance Black's Play "8"

Sometimes I wonder exactly which orifice the LGBT Elite bloggers stick their collective heads and what makes for important news and information to pass along to their readers.

Not one of the usual suspects which I check daily have mentioned that last night (Saturday March 3) a live performance of the play "8" written by Dustin Lance Black and covers the Prop 8 appeal would be performed and would be available to watch live on YouTube.

If you did not get a chance to watch the event live, below is the video. It starts at the 18 minute mark with a "history foreword". I hope the video will stay available indefinitely for all to see and not "deleted" in the future. Enjoy.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black’s documentary play about the federal case for marriage equality will be staged in more than 17 states through November with 40 readings. The title refers to California’s Proposition 8, a successful 2008 ballot initiative which established that only marriage between a man and a woman would be recognized in the state. The proposition was later ruled unconstitutional.

Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, "8" is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner.

It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

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