Sometimes here at DoubleyooTeeEff, we want to acknowledge the awesome, and not just the awful. Today is one of those days. So, without further ado, welcome to our inaugural OMFG post. Yay!
This past weekend, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars attended and participated in a live reading of “8”, a play written by Dustin Lance Black about the federal trial over California’s Proposition 8. As you know already, that federal trial resulted in a ruling that Prop 8, which overturned gay marriage rights in California, was unconstitutional. Of course, that won’t be the end of the story, as supporters of Prop 8 have already filed an appeal.
This is an issue that has been popping up in courtrooms all over the country. So far, the legality of gay marriage has been a state-by-state consideration, with growing momentum for those who support it spreading nationally. Yet it remains a bitterly divisive topic in many places, and it seems that the matter will need to be decided by the Supreme Court before there will ever be equitable marriage rights guaranteed in all 50 states.
“8” is a brilliant portrayal of what this battle means in human terms. Using actual transcripts from the trial itself, writer Black builds a narrative that encapsulates the words and stories of those gay couples asking for the right to marry, and the lawyers who fought on their behalf, as well as the legal and cultural opponents to gay marriage who championed Prop 8. Directed by Rob Reiner, the live reading featured George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, John C Reilly, and a host of other A-listers and was streamed live to over 200,000 viewers on March 3.
The video of this performance will be available for viewing on YouTube for the rest of this week, and it is worth your time to take a look before it’s gone. If anyone ever questioned what is at stake in the war over gay marriage equality, this play defines it all in sharp focus and with great emotional impact. Check it out, and pass it on: