Film Night Case Against 8

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DAUK Film Screening on June 23rd, 2015

Case Against 8 





About the film:


This compelling documentary tracks the five year legal battle to overturn California’s ban on same sex marriage.

It is absorbing and illuminating viewing for all those interested in LGBT, civil rights and constitutional issues, as well as in how our judicial system works.

David Rooney in The Hollywood Reporter, January 25, 2014, points out that this was:

“one of the most widely discussed and divisive cases in recent history, and its reverberations continue” and that:

“Co-directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White distil the dense legal process into a lucid narrative while illuminating the human drama of the plaintiffs, and by extension, the countless gay men and lesbians they represent. That makes for a stirring civil rights film that is both cogent and emotionally charged.”

While we await the latest Supreme Court ruling, this film provides an absorbing insight into the process of constructing an effective legal strategy and arguments, from the selection of plaintiffs through arguments at the Supreme Court:

“…the rollercoaster legal odyssey provides an uplifting demonstration of functioning bi-partisanship, something exceedingly rare in American politics. The leading conservative lawyer Ted Olsen shocked right-wing pundits by agreeing to represent the California plaintiffs. Even more startling was Olson’s decision to reach across the aisle and bring on board his liberal counterpart, David Boies, as co-counsel. That the two men had been on opposite sides of the Bush v. Gore case in 2000 would team up to champion the rights of gay men and lesbians still seems almost surreal.”

More generally:

“Some of the twists in the trial are so vividly discussed that we have the illusion of being there, yielding fascinating insights into the justice system and the constitutional rights of all Americans.” And overall: “…the film strives to be as even-handed as possible. Cameras linger just long enough to register anti-gay protesters; anonymous phone calls spewing hate rhetoric are heard. But the directors are careful not to milk the ugliness surrounding the case for melodrama. A decision appears to have been made to keep this very much a positive story of unwavering commitment and ultimate victory.”

About the evening:

Find details and book tickets at EventBrite.

However, in compliance with US campaign and party funding laws, we can only accept payments from US citizens and green card holders. Non-US citizens are very welcome to attend, but only as guests of US citizens who must book and pay for—as a gift—their guests' admission.

About the film: 


Barnes, Henry.  "Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 review: The Case Against 8 - a moving account of the fight for gay marriage The Guardian  8 June 2014.

Kilkennym Katherine. "Sundance Review: 'The Case Against 8' Delivers an Emotional Tour of History in the Making" Indiewire. January 19, 2014

O'Sullivan, Michael. "The Case Against 8 Movie Review".   Washington Post. June 12 2014

Rooney, David. "The Case Against 8: Sundance Review", The Hollywood Reporter. January 25 2014

Interview with the Film makers:

Emily Rose. "The Case Against 8' filmmakers were there as the case was made" LA Times. June 4, 2014


Resources for further information

About the campaign for same-sex marriage

Hirshman, Linda . Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution. 2012

Pew Research Center: Religion and Public Life. Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage.June 8 2015

 Becker, Jo. Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality,

About the legal team

Boies, David and Olson, Theodore, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality. (Viking, 2014)

Becker, Jo  A Conservative’s Road to Same-Sex Marriage AdvocacyNew York Times .August 18, 2009 (A portrait of Ted Olson)

Ho, Catherine. "Ted Olson calls work on California’s Prop. 8 case ‘highlight of my life’ "Washington Post. March 18, 2012. 

Wong, Curtis. "Prop 8 Lawyers David Boies And Ted Olson Recall 2013's SCOTUS Victory Over Gay Marriage Rights." The Huffington Post. June 19, 2014


 Disclaimer: The screening of this film does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of the film, nor of any views expressed therein or any association with The Film Committee, DAUK, Democrats Abroad or the Democratic Party. Screenings are solely conceived as educational activities: offering an opportunity for members to discuss issues.

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