The debate over Proposition 8 and gay marriage is still raging in California, where Hollywood celebrities are slated to, once again, take the proposed restriction on same-sex matrimonies to task.
In an effort to raise awareness and to garner support for same-sex unions, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Martin Sheen and others are slated to star in “8,” a play which recreates activists’ fight to protect and secure gay marriage.
A description of the play reads:
Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. “8”… demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, “8” shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.
“8” was written by Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black, who also penned the feature film “Milk” about Harvey Milk, an activist who is revered as a trailblazer in the gay community. Lance is also member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which was created with the specific objective in mind of overturning Prop 8. The foundation is heavily involved in the production.
Watch the trailer for “8,” below:
The play’s world premiere took place back in September, though the event was a one-night-only fundraiser intended to benefit AFER. This first production had just as much star power, as Morgan Freeman, Anthony Edwards, John Lithgow and Cheyenne Jackson took center stage.
Earlier this week, AFER announced the upcoming, star-studded L.A. event, which is scheduled to take place on March 3. While this will also be a one-time endeavor, more than 40 readings are already scheduled in 17 states across America. Citizens are also able to stage their own readings, as per the production’s web site.
Currently Prop 8 hangs in the balance, as the future of the controversial legislative measure is currently under review.
(H/T: Christian Post)