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Stars read the play '8'

Dustin Lance Black’s play '8' gets star treatment

Stars read the play '8'

Dustin Lance Black's play '8' had an all star reading last night. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, and Kevin Bacon were part of a cast that performed the dramatization of the federal trial to overturn Proposition 8.

In November 2008, California voters approved Prop 8. The initiative called for a change in the state's constitution to recognize marriage as a union only between one man and woman. This vote struck down a state Supreme Court ruling that such a ban was against the law.

Ever since 2008, the American Foundation for Equal Rights has been making the case, in the courts, that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Black's play is based on the transcripts of the January and June 2010 hearings in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. 

Last night's Los Angeles reading, a fundraiser for the Foundation, was live steamed on YouTube.

While Clooney and Sheen stood out in their performances as plaintiff attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, special attention should go to Chris Colfer and John C. Reilly. The actor from the television show 'Glee' portrayed a witness who described his experiences with NARTH, an organization committed to making gay people straight.

Reilly gave comedic heft to one of the few defense experts offered during trial, David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values.

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