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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 (often actress for women; see terminology) is a person who portrays a character in a performance.

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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, as well as 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 a U.S.-based not-for-profit news agency headquartered in New York City.

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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.

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Ben Patrick Johnson

Ben Patrick Johnson (born June 30, 1969 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American voice actor, author and blogger, Foundation Director, and human rights activist.

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Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips may refer to.

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Bob Balaban

Robert Elmer 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 film producer.

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Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford (born October 10, 1959) is an American actor and political activist.

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Bush v. Gore

Bush v. Gore,, was a decision of the United States Supreme Court that settled a recount dispute in Florida's 2000 presidential election.

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California is a state in the Pacific Region 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 the head of global news partnerships at Facebook and a former American television news reporter and anchorwoman.

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Charles J. Cooper

Charles 'Chuck' J. Cooper (born 1955) is an appellate attorney and litigator in Washington, D.C., where he is 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 Colfer (born May 27, 1990) is an American actor, singer, and author.

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Christine Lahti

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

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Christopher Cabaldon

Christopher L. Cabaldon (born November 12, 1965) is a Filipino-American politician from California who serves as mayor of West Sacramento.

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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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A 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 is a modification of the constitution of a nation or state.

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Conversion therapy

Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions.

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

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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 accused of committing a crime in criminal prosecution or a person 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 uses pre-existing documentary material (such as newspapers, government reports, interviews, journals, and correspondences) as source material for stories about real events and people, frequently without altering the text in performance.

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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-Wilshire section of Los Angeles, California.

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Ellen Barkin

Ellen Rona Barkin (born April 16, 1954) is an American actress and film producer.

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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 attorney and gay rights advocate.

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Freedom to Marry

Freedom to Marry was the national bipartisan organization dedicated to winning marriage for same-sex couples in the United States.

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George Clooney

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

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George Takei

George Hosato Takei (born Hosato Takei, April 20, 1937) is an American actor, director, author, and activist.

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Gregory M. Herek

Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D. (born 1954 in 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 Haden-Guest, Baroness Haden-Guest (née Curtis; born November 22, 1958), commonly known as Jamie Lee Curtis, is an American actress and author.

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Jane Lynch

Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) Note: Site gives Dalton, Illinois, as birth place, while Lynch in a Late Late Show source cited here gives Evergreen Park, Illinois.

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Jansen Panettiere

Jansen Rayne Panettiere (born September 25, 1994) is an American television, film and voice actor.

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Jayne Houdyshell

Jayne Houdyshell (born September 25, 1953) is an American stage, film and television 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

John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, singer, screenwriter, and producer.

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John Lithgow

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

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

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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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K. Todd Freeman

Kenneth Todd Freeman (born July 9, 1965) is an American actor.

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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 Leung (born January 21, 1970) is an American actor who is best known for playing Miles Straume in Lost, Admiral Statura in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Detective Stephen Sing in Saw, and Kid Omega in X-Men: The Last Stand.

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Kenneth P. Miller

Kenneth P. Miller 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.

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Kurt Johnson

Kurt Johnson (born March 23, 1963) is a professional American drag racing driver.

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Larry Kramer

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

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Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper which has been published in Los Angeles, California since 1881.

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Maggie Gallagher

Margaret Gallagher (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 recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity (in-laws and other family through marriage).

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Martin Sheen

Ramón Gerard Antonio Estévez (born August 3, 1940), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is an American actor of Spanish/Irish descent who first became known for his roles in the films The Subject Was Roses (1968) and Badlands (1973), and later achieved wide recognition for his leading role in Apocalypse Now (1979) and as President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing (1999-2006).

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Matt Bomer

Matthew Staton Bomer (born October 11, 1977) is an American actor, producer, director and singer.

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Matthew Morrison

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

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Melbourne is the state capital 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 (legal)

In United States law, a motion is a procedural device to bring a limited, contested issue before a court 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, specializing 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

The City of New York, often called New York City (NYC) or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.

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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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Patrick Burns

Patrick Burns may refer to.

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A plaintiff (Π in legal shorthand) is the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court.

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

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Rob Reiner

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

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Rory O'Malley

Rory James O'Malley (born December 23, 1980) is an 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 the marriage of a same-sex couple, entered into in a civil or religious ceremony.

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Same-sex marriage in the United States

Same-sex marriage in the United States was initially established on a state-by-state basis, expanding from 1 state in 2004 to 36 states in 2015, when, on June 26, 2015, same-sex marriage was established in all 50 states as a result of the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in the landmark civil rights case of Obergefell v. Hodges, in which it was held that the right of same-sex couples to marry on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples, with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities, is guaranteed by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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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

The San Francisco Chronicle is a newspaper serving primarily the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California.

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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 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 (sometimes abbreviated as The NYT or The Times) is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.

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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 known as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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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 United States District Judge of 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 documented 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

Martha Maria Yeardley Smith (born July 3, 1964) is an American actress, voice actress, comedian and writer best known for her long-running role as Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons.

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YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California.

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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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