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Prop 8 Play “8” To Be Performed Worldwide

This post comes from HRC Communications Intern Nick Gumas:

Dustin Lance Black’s “8” is scheduled for 278 readings around both the country and the entire world. The play documents the case surrounding the legality of Proposition 8 which was the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state of California. Justice Vaughn Walker, who presided over the federal court case, upheld the lower court’s ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional

Despite high public interest in the case, the court closed the trial to the public after mounting pressure from anti-marriage equality advocates. “8” serves as the only public live rendition of the trial, highlighting the importance of the upcoming readings. These scheduled performances have been made possible by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact, who have teamed together to license the play for free to those who want to perform it. 

"8" made national headlines after the play’s 2012 west coast premiere was streamed live on YouTube, where it has received over half a million viewers. The performance included a star-studded cast; among them were Brad Pitt, Chris Colfer, Campbell Brown, George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Jane Lynch.  It has also raised over $2 million to help the federal marriage equality movement. As a founding member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin helped lead the lawsuit against Proposition 8, recruiting the legal dream team of Theodore Olson and David Boies to successfully argue the case.

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