This may be a relatively straightforward documentary about a lengthy legal case, but it carries such a powerful emotional kick that it forces the audience to see the bigger picture. For that reason, this is essential viewing: both as an exploration of how the American legal system works and as a personal story of people standing up for compassion and equality.
The ball starts rolling on the day Barack Obama was first elected US President in 2008, the same day California voted in favour of Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. Over the next five years, an unlikely legal team came together made up of Ted Olson and David Boies, well-known respectively as the Republican and Democrat who went head-to-head on another extremely high-profile case: the contested Bush v Gore election in 2000. Working with two couples (Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo) who are willing to stand as claimants, they escalate the case up through a series of appeals, arguments, hearings and courtroom battles, all the way to the Supreme Court, which repealed Prop 8 in June 2013.
Filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White lay the events out chronologically, using interviews with the people involved, plus access to all kinds of media material and backstage drama. But instead of going for a flashy editing style, they let the people tell their own stories, which adds a compelling emotional angle. It's impossible not to see these couples' bravery in the face of outrageous abuse, and there's a terrific sense of momentum as the case moves forward, with moments that are gripping, moving and even thrilling, even though we know where it's heading. Along the way, the film brings out fresh angles on an issue we think we know forward and backward, pointing out why using words like "traditional" to describe marriage is essentially meaningless. As historical scholar Nancy Cott argued in court, "Marriage has never been universally defined as a union of one man and one woman, and ... religion has never had any bearing on the legality of a marriage."
Continue reading: The Case Against 8 Review
Tom Daley's boyfriend is reportedly Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Tom Daley's boyfriend is reportedly the Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, 39. The British Olympian came out as bisexual in a YouTube video posted on Tuesday (December 2), explaining that, although he is still attracted to women, his life dramatically changed when he met his boyfriend earlier this year.
Tom Daley's Boyfriend is reportedly Dustin Lance Black
It was presumed that Tom Daley's boyfriend was a non-celebrity, but the wily foxes at The Sun report that he is in a relationship with the Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for writing the 2008 movie Milk - with also won Sean Penn the Academy Award for Best Actor. He's also written J. Edgar - the Clint Eastwood movie with Leonardo DiCaprio - and 8.
Dustin Lance Black - People attend a rally in West Hollywood to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that essentially overturned Proposition 8 - West Hollywood , California, United States - Thursday 27th June 2013
The LGBT Rights advocate gives his thoughts
The movie version of Orsen Scott Card’s Ender’s Game has faced controversy from its inception, largely due to the homophobic views of the writer himself. But Dustin Lance Black – the writer of gay civil rights biopic Milk – has spoken against the boycott of Ender’s Game started by the gay community.
Dustin Lance Black is a prominent figure for gay rights
Scott-Card has spoken out about gay rights and same sex marriage before, and upholds his views to his day. Because of that, Geeks Out – a US activist group – attempted to create a boycott campaign against the movie, urging people not to support it in anyway. This boycott has been labelled misguided by Lance-Black. "There's so much good to be done right now," he wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
Continue reading: Dustin Lance Black Condemns 'Ender's Game' Boycott
Abbe Land, Dustin Lance Black and Gloria Allred - West Hollywood Rally to Celebrate the Supreme Courts' Supreme Court Striking Down the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 - West Hollywood , California, United States - Thursday 27th June 2013