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The Case Against 8

THE CASE AGAINST 8 offers a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The film follows the unlikely legal team and the two same-sex couples who act as plaintiffs in the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Director: Ben Cotner, Ryan White
Year: 2014
Time: 109 min
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Interview With the Filmmakers

“While preparing to do promos for HBO in New York, Ben Cotner and Ryan White sat down with Indiewire to discuss the making of their powerful film. We learned of the personal impetus behind the undertaking of such a vast project, the intimacy that developed between them and their subjects, and how their own relationship to marriage has changed along the way.”

Read the full interview on Indie Wire.

The Man Behind the Proposition 8 Lawsuit

“No matter what happens in the decision, Chad will be known as a historic figure in the fight for equality because he pushed the envelope”

Read the full article here.

Timeline: Same-Sex Marriage in California

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Ted Olson on Prop. 8 Case

“For renowned Washington attorney Ted Olson, mounting the legal battle against Proposition 8, the California initiative banning same-sex marriage, doesn’t just mark a high point in his 45-year career — during which he has argued nearly 60 times before the Supreme Court, and cemented George W. Bush’s victory in the 2000 presidential election. ‘This has been the highlight of my life,’ Olson said last week…”

Continue reading on the Washington Post.

US Supreme Court Rules Gay Marriage is Legal Nationwide

“The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States. It means the 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked ‘for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.’ The ruling brings to an end more than a decade of bitter legal battles.”

Find out more on BBC.

A Look at Gay Marriage Across the Globe

Here is a look at some countries that have made same-sex marriage common practice.

Why Did Californians Pass Proposition 8?

Election Day 2008 brought an end to six months of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

This paper explores four possible explanations for why Californians passed Proposition 8 despite the polls. 

The Top 20 Most Important LGBT Figures in History

Since California passed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive & Respectful Education Act in July, which requires California schools to teach students about LGBT people and the contributions they’ve made to society throughout history, we’ve been wondering how the law will be implemented. Who, of the hundreds of important LGBT people in history, will be included?

Continue reading here.

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