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8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

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A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.

Directors:

Reed Cowan, Steven Greenstreet (co-director)

Writer:

Reed Cowan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Jones Spencer Jones ... Himself
Tyler Barrick Tyler Barrick ... Himself
Dustin Lance Black ... Narrator
Linda Williams Stay Linda Williams Stay ... Herself (as Linda Stay)
Kate Kendell Kate Kendell ... Herself
David Melson David Melson ... Himself
Dennis Herrera Dennis Herrera ... Himself
Fred Karger Fred Karger ... Himself
Carol Lynn Pearson Carol Lynn Pearson ... Herself
Emily Pearson Emily Pearson ... Herself
Gavin Newsom ... Himself
Mike Nelson Mike Nelson ... Himself
Chip White ... Himself
George Cole George Cole ... Himself
Rocky Anderson Rocky Anderson ... Himself
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Storyline

In 2009, thousands of LGBT citizens are denied almost 200 civil rights their straight, married counterparts enjoy through civil marriage. Some states have signaled progress. But amid the progress, The Mormon Church, with its front-group THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE, has been coordinating, financing and leading the effort to stop the advancement of marriage equality for more than three decades. As an organization worth hundreds of billions of dollars, the Mormon Church has been able to wage this war in secret. Not until the California Fair Political Practices Commission launched an investigation into the Mormon's involvement in Proposition 8, did the secrets of the Mormon effort become a matter of record. Through never-before seen documents, recordings & insider-interviews, 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION, exposes the efforts of the Mormon Church and its members to halt nearly every piece of LGBT legislation on the desks of lawmakers from Hawaii to New York. 8: THE MORMON ... Written by Steven Greenstreet

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Taglines:

Equality for some

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language/sexual references

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Поправка No8: Предложение мормонов See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,566, 20 June 2010

Gross USA:

$100,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,280
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David v. Goliath Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

The narrator claims that Latter-day Saints believe God was once a human being and that after he died he "became a god where he began marrying spirit wives and having spirit offspring" and that "we, too, can become gods on our own planets, filled with our own spirit wives and children." In reality, they believe that marriage must be performed on Earth, not after death, and that women will be resurrected as well as men (hence no "spirit wives"). See more »

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Very important exposure of mixing religion and government
26 July 2010 | by carlasoccer06See all my reviews

Cowan's compelling film-making makes this a one-of-a-kind look into the dirty politics of religious groups who have an axe to grind with people they disapprove of. What I found most true to life about the film was that it did not paint all Mormons as anti-gay or hateful, but it exposed the level of power the Morg has over it's members, and how the leaders of the church are willing to exert that power to their own ends. It was clear that immense pressure was put on all LDS church members regardless of their personal feelings. This is an outrageous hypocrisy by a church that claims such strong beliefs in a person's right to free will and agency.

I am tired to seeing everyone call this film "biased." Simply taking a stand on an issue does not make it biased - it does not unfairly or inaccurately represent the opposing argument or its proponents; that would make it biased. The IRS has listed the LDS church on a list of organizations up to have their tax-exempt status revoked because of their flagrant violation of tax laws in connection with the Yes on 8 campaign. This was Cowan's main point - that the LDS church did wrong in giving so much money, and now the IRS is validating the claims Cowan showed in the film.

I highly recommend this film, and if you like this I also recommend Kirby Dick's Outrage, Sandi Simcha Dubowski's Trembling Before G-d, and Daniel G. Karslake's For the Bible Tells Me So.


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