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The Case Against 8 (2014)

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A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Olson ...
Christopher D. Dusseault ...
Himself (as Chris Dusseault)
Jeffrey J. Zarrillo ...
Himself (as Jeff Zarrillo)
Paul T. Katami ...
Himself (as Paul Katami)
Kristin M. Perry ...
Herself (as Kris Perry)
Sandra B. Stier ...
Herself (as Sandy Stier)
David Boies ...
Ted Uno ...
Chad Griffin ...
Himself, American Foundation for Equal Rights
Kristina Schake ...
Herself, American Foundation for Equal Rights
Adam Umhoefer ...
Himself - executive director, American Foundation for Equal Rights
Elliott Perry ...
Himself (as Elliot Perry)
Frank Stier ...
Tom Stier ...
Spencer Perry ...

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After the California Supreme Court ruled in May 2008 that same-sex couples could marry, a proposition was put to voters to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. After that proposition was passed a group decided to challenge the constitutionality of the amendment. This documentary follows the efforts of the plaintiffs and lawyers over four years as the case winds its way through the courts. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 December 2014 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Prop 8 Documentary  »

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Ted Olsen's first wife, Barbara Olsen, was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77 en route to a taping of Bill Maher's television show "Politically Incorrect" when it was flown into the Pentagon in the September 11th attacks. See more »

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Great story, boring documentary.
24 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Filmmakers Ben Cotner & Ryan White documents a five-year in the making legal battle to overturn California's proposition 8 law banning same sex marriage. Following around real gay and lesbian couples, we watch their highs and lows as they fight for equality and the ability to get married like any other couple in America. Packed in this documentary are behind the scenes footage of the Hollingsworth VS. Perry case in which the voter- approved ban on same sex marriage was deemed unconstitutional and overturned. Joy and prosperity were returned to the land of California, letting them tackle bigger issues such as how to properly ignore the homeless epidemic and why they voted in the guy who starred in Hercules Goes Bananas. For me there was a big problem with the documentary, it's boring. So. Damn. Boring. This was a two hour film that should have honestly been a forty five minutes to an hour at best. All we really watch is court proceedings and sit downs discussing politics until it reaches the inevitable outcome that we already know. Kind of like watching all the boring parts of the Star Wars prequels.

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