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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.


Ben Cotner, Ryan White


Ben Cotner (story), Ryan White (story)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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The Triumph of Libertarian views of liberty
29 April 2018 | by VoyagerMN1986See all my reviews

This one of the better films on civil liberties. We were all fortunate enough for important court case to occur before a majority of Californians changed their views.

Why do I say that? Because marriage equality just like any other civil liberty or right should never have been decided on popular views. These rights ough to be regarded as absolute with no amount of local interference acceptable no matter how the wind blows. Rather than this bounce around on popular opinion, we were able to have a ruling based on the Constitution.

I am glad the film features, and in fact centers on Ted Olson, who unlike so may arguing from point of view and interest, argued for constitutional consistency (just as he had done with the Florida recount and ending clearly unconistutional local gun bans). Some of the commenters and professing reviewers express surprise at "irony" of Olson's and Gibson Dunn's positon. The irony is only a perceived one of reviewers who don't understand the libertarian leaning position.

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1 December 2014 (Belgium) See more »

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Untitled Prop 8 Documentary See more »

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