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8 (or 8 the Play) is an American play that portrays the closing arguments of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a federal trial that led to the overturn of Proposition 8—an amendment eliminating rights of same-sex couples to marry in California. [1]

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An actor (actress is sometimes used for females; see § Terminology) is a person portraying a character in a dramatic or comic production; he or she performs in film, television, theatre, radio, commercials or music videos.

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American Dream

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.

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American Foundation for Equal Rights

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) is a nonprofit organization established in 2009 to support the plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown or Perry v. Schwarzenegger), a federal lawsuit challenging California's Proposition 8 under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Anthony Edwards

Anthony Charles Edwards (born July 19, 1962) is an American actor and director.

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Associated Press

The Associated Press (AP) is an American multinational nonprofit news agency headquartered in New York City.

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Australia (colloquially), officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is an Oceanian country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands.

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Bob Balaban

Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban (born August 16, 1945) is an American actor, author, producer, and director.

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Brad Pitt

William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and producer.

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Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford (born October 10, 1959) is an American film and television actor.

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Bush v. Gore

Bush v. Gore,, is the United States Supreme Court decision that resolved the dispute surrounding the 2000 presidential election.

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California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States.

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California Proposition 8 (2008)

Proposition 8, known informally as Prop 8, was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008 California state elections.

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Campbell Brown

Alma Dale Campbell Brown (born June 14, 1968) is an American television news reporter and anchorwoman.

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Charles J. Cooper

Charles J. "Chuck" Cooper is an appellate attorney and litigator in Washington, D.C. and a founding member and chairman of the law firm Cooper & Kirk, PLLC.

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Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne David Jackson (born July 12, 1975) is an American actor and singer-songwriter.

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Chris Colfer

Christopher Paul "Chris" Colfer (born May 27, 1990) is an American actor, singer, author and producer.

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Christine Lahti

Christine Ann Lahti (born April 4, 1950) is an American actress and film director.

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Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones (born October 11, 1954) is an American AIDS and LGBT rights activist.

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Closing argument

A closing argument, summation, or summing up is the concluding statement of each party's counsel reiterating the important arguments for the trier of fact, often the jury, in a court case.

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College (Latin: collegium) is an educational institution or a constituent part of one.

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Community theatre

Community theatre refers to theatrical performance made in relation to particular communities—its usage includes theatre made by, with, and for a community.

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Constitutional amendment

A constitutional amendment refers to the modification of the Constitution of a nation or state.

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Conversion therapy

Conversion therapy (also called reparative therapy) is any treatment that aims to change sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.

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In law, cross-examination is the interrogation of a witness called by one's opponent.

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Daily News (New York)

The Daily News is an American newspaper based in New York City.

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David Blankenhorn

David Blankenhorn (born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1955) is the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, co-director of The Marriage Opportunity Council, and the author of Fatherless America and The Future of Marriage.

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David Boies

David Boies (born March 11, 1941) is an American lawyer and chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

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A defendant is a person or entity accused of a crime in criminal prosecution or a person or entity against whom some type of civil relief is being sought in a civil case.

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Documentary theatre

Documentary theatre is theatre that wholly or in part uses pre-existing documentary material (such as newspapers, government reports, interviews, etc.) as source material for the script, ideally without altering its wording.

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Due Process Clause

The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution contain a 'due process clause'.

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Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black (born June 10, 1974) is an American screenwriter, director, film and television producer and LGBT rights activist.

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Ebell of Los Angeles

The Ebell of Los Angeles is a women's club housed in a complex in the Mid-City section of Wilshire, Los Angeles, California that includes a clubhouse building and the renowned 1,270-seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

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Ellen Barkin

Ellen Rona Barkin (born April 16, 1954) is an American actress, known for her roles in the films Buckaroo Banzai, The Big Easy, Sea of Love and Switch.

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Equal Protection Clause

The Equal Protection Clause is part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Eugene O'Neill Theatre

The Eugene O'Neill Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 230 West 49th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

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Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson (born February 4, 1957) is an American attorney and gay rights advocate.

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Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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Freedom to Marry

Freedom to Marry is an organization which campaigns for the right of same-sex couples to marry in the United States.

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George Clooney

George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and activist.

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George Takei

is an American actor, director, author, and activist.

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Gregory M. Herek

Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D. (born 1954, Omaha, Nebraska) is a researcher, author, and professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis (UCD).

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Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

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Ilan Meyer

Ilan H. Meyer (born January 26, 1956) is an American psychiatric epidemiologist, author, professor, and a senior scholar for public policy and sexual orientation law at the Williams Institute of UCLA.

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James Pickens, Jr.

James Pickens, Jr. (born October 26, 1954) is an American actor.

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Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest (born November 22, 1958) is an American actress and author.

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Jane Lynch

Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is an American actress, singer, and comedian.

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Jansen Panettiere

Jansen Panettiere (born September 25, 1994) is an American film and voice actor, and the younger brother of actress Hayden Panettiere.

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Jayne Houdyshell

Jayne Houdyshell (born September 25, 1953) is a Tony Award–nominated American theater actress.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (born October 22, 1975) is an American actor best known for portraying Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, which has earned him five nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

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John C. Reilly

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John Lithgow

John Arthur Lithgow (born, 1945) is an American actor, musician, and author.

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A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information.

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Joy 94.9

JOY 94.9 (call sign: 3JOY), broadcasting at 94.9 FM in Melbourne, is Australia's first and only gay and lesbian community radio station.

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Katherine Shindle

Katherine Renee "Kate" Shindle (born January 31, 1977), Miss America 1998 and Miss Illinois 1997, is an American actress, singer, dancer, and AIDS activist.

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Ken Leung

Kenneth "Ken" Leung (born January 21, 1970) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Miles Straume in the ABC television series Lost and roles in such films as Shanghai Kiss, Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Saw.

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Kenneth P. Miller

Kenneth Peter Miller (born June 3, 1948) is a professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College specializing in California politics, direct democracy, and state constitutional law.

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Kevin Bacon

Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American actor and musician whose films include musical-drama film Footloose (1984), the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK (1991), the legal drama A Few Good Men (1992), the historical docudrama Apollo 13 (1995) and the mystery drama Mystic River (2003).

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Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer (born June 25, 1935) is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist.

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Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times, commonly referred to as the Times, is a paid daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881.

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Maggie Gallagher

Margaret Gallagher Srivastav (born September 14, 1960), better known by her working name Maggie Gallagher, is an American writer and socially conservative commentator.

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Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.

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Martin Sheen

Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (born August 3, 1940), better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American actor who first achieved fame with roles in the films Badlands (1973) and Apocalypse Now (1979).

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Matt Bomer

Matthew Staton Bomer (born October 11, 1977), known as Matt Bomer, is an American actor.

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Matthew Morrison

Matthew James "Matt" Morrison (born October 30, 1978) is an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter.

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Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania.

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Minority stress

Minority stress describes chronically high levels of stress faced by members of stigmatized minority groups.

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Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman, The New Yorker, July 3, 1978.

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Motion in United States law

In United States law, a motion is a procedural device for decision.

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Nancy F. Cott

Nancy F. Cott (born November 8, 1945) is an American historian and professor who has taught at Yale and Harvard universities, and has mainly specialized in gender topics in the US in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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National Organization for Marriage

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is an American non-profit political organization established in 2007 to work against the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States.

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New York City

New York – often called New York City or the City of New York to distinguish it from the State of New York, of which it is a part – is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.

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Outline of LGBT topics

The following outline is presented as an overview and topical guide to LGBT topics.

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A plaintiff (Π in legal shorthand), also known as a claimant or complainant, is the term used in some jurisdictions for the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court.

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A premiere (or, French for "first") is the debut (first public presentation) of a play, film, dance, or musical composition.

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Rob Reiner

Robert "Rob" Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor, director, producer, and activist.

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Rory O'Malley

Rory James O'Malley (born December 23, 1980) is an Irish-American film, television, and musical theater actor, best known for his Tony Award-nominated performance as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon.

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Same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, is marriage between people of the same sex, either as a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting.

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Same-sex marriage in the United States

In the United States, same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide since June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

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Same-sex relationship

A same-sex relationship is a relationship between persons of the same sex and can take many forms, from romantic and sexual, to non-romantic homosocially-close relationships.

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San Francisco Chronicle

1906 earthquake and fire The San Francisco Chronicle is a newspaper serving primarily the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, but distributed throughout the state from the Sacramento area and Emerald Triangle south to Santa Barbara County.

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Sexual orientation

Sexual orientation is an enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction (or a combination of these) to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender.

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Stephen Spinella

Stephen Nicholas Spinella (born October 11, 1956) is an American stage, television, and film actor.

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The New York Times

The New York Times (NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by the New York Times Company.

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Theodore Olson

Theodore Bevry Olson (born September 11, 1940) is an American lawyer, practicing at the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

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Transcript (law)

A transcript is a written record of spoken language.

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In law, a trial is a coming together of parties to a dispute, to present information (in the form of evidence) in a tribunal, a formal setting with the authority to adjudicate claims or disputes.

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Truth Wins Out

Truth Wins Out (TWO) is an organization formed by Wayne Besen to fight what it considers "anti-gay religious extremism", especially the ex-gay movement.

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United States

The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major territories and various possessions.

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United States Constitution

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America.

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United States district court

The United States district courts are the general trial courts of the United States federal court system.

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United States District Court for the Northern District of California

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California (in case citations, N.D. Cal.) is the federal United States district court whose jurisdiction comprises following counties of California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma.

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Vanessa García

Vanessa García Vega (born July 18, 1984 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) is an Olympic and National Record holding freestyle swimmer from Puerto Rico.

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Vaughn Walker

Vaughn Richard Walker (born 1944) served as a district judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1989 to 2011.

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Verbatim theatre

Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre in which plays are constructed from the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a particular event or topic.

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Violence against LGBT people

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people can face violence motivated by hateful attitudes towards their sexuality or gender identity.

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Ward (law)

In law, a ward is someone placed under the protection of a legal guardian.

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Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith (born Martha Maria Yeardley Smith; July 3, 1964) is a French–American actress, voice actress, writer, comedian and painter.

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YouTube is a video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States.

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8: The Mormon Proposition

8: The Mormon Proposition is an American documentary that examines The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and its support of California Proposition 8, stating that the church has been actively involved in the denial of LGBT human rights.

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