Prop 8 Doc to Premier June 23 on HBO
There are many tales being told in "The Case Against 8," Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s riveting new documentary about one of the lawsuits which changed the course of LGBT history by opening the marriage equality floodgates.
There’s the story of Ted Olson and David Boies, who became good friends as they fought against each other in court during the 2000 Florida recount debacle, which resulted in the George W. Bush Presidency. One is a staunch liberal, the other an archconservative. The two attorneys became unlikely allies in the gay rights battle of the century.
There’s the story of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, lesbian moms in love. When the cameras visit their Berkeley, Calif, home, we meet two "soccer" moms who’ve given their four kids, and each other, a wonderful, and very traditional life.
There’s also the tale of Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, two sweet guys from Los Angeles who happen to love each other. They yearn for a family, which includes children. They’ll have the kids, they say, after they can legally wed.
Then there’s the remarkable turnaround of David Blankenhorn, founder of The Institute For American Values, a conservative think tank. A key witness for the anti-marriage advocates, Blankenhorn now supports marriage equality - he explains why in a fascinating interview shot for the film.
The filmmakers followed these remarkable individuals throughout the long, arduous process of challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s 2008 voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. We see the two couples rehearsing for court appearances. We hear testimony from both sides, from the couples who want nothing more than to be equal members of society, and from the Pro-Prop 8 side, who admit in court that they cannot explain how allowing same sex couples to legally wed will harm "traditional" couples.