Dipped in Cream is intent on showing our support for marriage equality, and as such we are pleased to post the play “8”, which was performed over the weekend in Los Angeles.
If you missed Saturday night’s live performance of “8,” Dustin Lance Black’s play based on the transcripts of the Proposition 8 trial, it is now available online. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jane Lynch, and Martin Sheen brought to life the trial’s powerful arguments for equality, the ineptitude of those who oppose same-sex marriage, and the emotional impact on the plaintiffs’ families.
Given Prop 8′s proponents fought so hard to prevent public distribution of the videos of the proceedings, this reading is a must-watch and must-share glimpse into what actually transpired:
It has actually happened–California’s Proposition 8, which prevented gay and lesbian couples from the civil rights that EVERY OTHER couple who desired to marry, has been over-freakin’-TURNED by United States District Judge Vaughn Walker.
“Although Proposition 8 fails to possess even a rational basis, the evidence presented at trial shows that gays and lesbians are the type of minority strict scrutiny was designed to protect,” Walker ruled.
“Plaintiffs do not seek recognition of a new right. To characterize plaintiffs’ objective as “the right to same-sex marriage” would suggest that plaintiffs seek something different from what opposite-sex couples across the state enjoy — namely, marriage. Rather, plaintiffs ask California to recognize their relationships for what they are: marriages.”
“Proposition 8 places the force of law behind stigmas against gays and lesbians, including: gays and lesbians do not have intimate relationships similar to heterosexual couples; gays and lesbians are not as good as heterosexuals; and gay and lesbian relationships do not deserve the full recognition of society.”
A White House spokesperson sent the following statement to The Advocateregarding Wednesday’s ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional:
“The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans.”