First Trailer for Stirring HBO Gay Marriage Doc 'The Case Against 8'

May 1, 2014
Source: YouTube

The Case Against 8

The drama behind true stories, whether you see them in documentaries or narrative films, can be tricky when the audience already knows the ending. But when it comes to the HBO documentary The Case Against 8, that doesn't lessen the emotional impact of this tale of civil rights. Focusing on the two gay couples who took the case against Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, all the way to the Supreme Court, this film shows you how the fickle and feeble arguments some have against gay marriage hurts real people who want nothing more than to be treated just like everyone else with regards to the law.

Here's the first trailer for Ben Cotner & Ryan White's The Case Against 8 from YouTube:

The Case Against 8 is directed by Ben Cotner & Ryan White. The documentary takes a riveting look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. Five years in the making, with behind-the-scenes access to the powerhouse legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies, who previously faced off as opposing counsel in Bush v. Gore, along with the four plaintiffs in the suit, the film provides a definitive account of the battle that effectively ended marriage discrimination in California. The documentary hits limited theaters on June 6th before premiering on HBO on June 23rd.

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Land of the free and all that.

Carpola on May 1, 2014


back and forth flood gates opening........

Rock n Rollllll on May 1, 2014


Looks great!

earthlingdave on May 1, 2014


I'm definitely for documentaries like this, but let's not act like it's so obvious how fickle arguments from one side are. To me, its obvious that the arguments made on either side are not fickle at all. I understand someone wanting to live their life the way they want to. I also understand the desire of those conservative people that are definitely fearful of what such changes could make in society as a whole. When you consider that it didn't pass in the first place, and it ended up having to go to the Supreme Court to have a final decision made, to me that screams that the arguments made on either side are not fickle whatsoever. Obviously, there are a lot of strong supporters on both sides, but to immediately discount one side vs. the other because its just so obvious....come on now. I post this not trying to support one side or the other, but I get very annoyed with people that immediately can't even understand where your opposition is coming from. Understand your opposition first, don't just assume they're an idiot (which is typically what every human being does).

I'm Batman on May 1, 2014


Well said sir.

Danimal on May 1, 2014


The final outcome of the fight against Proposition 8 was most unusual. We won a resounding victory before Chief Judge for the Northern District of California Vaughn Walker, who issued an exhaustive opinion running into well over 100 pages, making extensive findings of fact and extensive conclusions of law. When none of California's law enforcement officials (e.g., the state attorney general and the governor) appealed the judgment of the district court, the proponents of Proposition 8 stepped in to take over defense of this measure before the US Court of Appeals before the Ninth Circuit. A three-judge panel of this Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the district court, but on narrower grounds. The proponents of Proposition 8 then sought and obtained certiorari from the US Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court held that the proponents of Proposition 8 lacked standing to appeal the judgment of the federal district court, rendering the affirmation by the Court of Appeals moot. Thus, the judgment of the district court became the only legally controlling litigation, and gay marriages resumed, with litigation terminating at the level of the district court (a highly unusual development). There was much criticism of this highly unusual procedural posture, but the state of the law in California is now determined solely by the judgment of the federal district court, which struck down the heterosexual-only marriage law and permitted gay marriages to take place. Thus, thousands more couples have become married since Hollingsworth v. Perry, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) was handed down by the US Supreme Court. PHILIP CHANDLER

philipcfromnyc on May 1, 2014


In the US of A, everyone is treated the same. But to make sure you better believe in God and be heterosexual, white and male...

Nash on May 2, 2014


I'm sorry, I can't stand this kind of BS. Take your bleeding heart social justice crap back to Tumblr where you belong. I apologize for nothing, and I won't be labeled by the like of you. Be off.

Alex on May 2, 2014


"I'm sorry" "I apologize for nothing". So retards can indeed have split personalities.

Nash on May 2, 2014


Get thee to thy tumblr profile and guilt thyself to sleep.

Alex on May 2, 2014


First contradictive bullocks, now repeating bullocks... Come on, put the pot aside, open te window of your trailer, ask your stepmom to sit on someone elses lap, and at least come up with some witty insult.

Nash on May 2, 2014


It looks as if some of my comments have been removed. In my experience the policies of this site regarding comments are very reasonable and just. If my comments on this page are removed, I possibly said things that crossed the line and were not appropriate. If that is the case I apologize. Nash.

Nash on May 3, 2014


I'll be checking this out for sure. Very important for Human rights.

SkyNet300 on May 4, 2014


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virginia662 on May 6, 2014

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