On Saturday, “The Case Against 8,” debuted to a standing ovation and rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.
The powerful documentary is a meticulous behind-the-scenes chronicle of the now-historic case challenging California’s discriminatory Proposition 8.
Co-Directors Ben Cotner, who was tapped as one of Sundance’s breakout stars, and Ryan White joined Attorneys Ted Olson & David Boies, HRC President Chad Griffin and the Prop. 8 plaintiffs – Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Zarrillo and Jeff Katami – after the screening for a question and answer segment before a packed audience.
Later on Saturday evening, HRC partnered with HBO and Olson & Boise’s law firms (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Boies, Schiller & Flexner) to host a premiere party honoring the film and Prop 8 plaintiffs. The event also served as a wedding reception for the gay and lesbian couples who were recently married in Utah. Many of those couples (and others who weren’t yet able to marry) came to celebrate.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, The American Federation for Equal Rights and Attorneys Olson and Boies are currently working on a federal constitutional challenge to Virginia’s ban on marriage equality.
“The goal is to have marriage equality in all 50 states in five years," Olson said during the question and answer segment. “If you look at the progress that has been made since June, I think you can see that we are well on our way."
HRC President Chad Griffin with Case Against 8 Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White[Photo (c) Amanda Edwards/HRC]
Proposition 8 Plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier with Attorney Ted Olson [Photo (c) Amanda Edwards/HRC]
Proposition 8 Plaintiffs Paul Zarrillo and Jeff Katami
Proposition 8 Plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier
All photos(c) Amanda Edwards/HRC]