On June 26, 2013 California’s ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8 was overturned. Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s documentary, The Case Against 8 explores how this historic event came to pass. The film has already been shown at several film festivals in 2014, including Sundance (where it won the Directing Award for documentaries) and South by Southwest (where it won an Audience Award for Festival Favorites); now, it’s coming to theaters June 6, 2014.HBO Documentary Films is responsible for bringing The Case Against 8 to theaters. On June 23, the film will receive its television premiere on HBO.
From the 2014 Sundance Film Festival:
Election Day 2008: Californians passed Proposition 8, a measure that repealed the right of same-sex couples to marry. This documentary takes us behind the scenes of the high-profile trial that overturned the controversial constitutional amendment. The case first made headlines with the shocking alliance of lead attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off on opposing sides in Bush v. Gore. The plaintiffs are two loving gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy.
Only seventeen states in the U.S. currently recognize same-sex marriage. Couples all over the country fight for their right to marry.