HBO has never been so gay! From last year’s star studded, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Behind the Candelabra, to last month’s critically acclaimed movie, The Normal Heart, HBO is doing a great job with making quality programs geared towards the LGBT community. The channel’s next LGBT film, The Case Against 8, is an eye opening, behind-the-scenes peek at what really happened during the Proposition 8 trial that exposed the horrible lies from the anti-gay campaign, and brought the marriage equality fight to a national and global audience.
The film explains how Ted Olsen, the solicitor general under President George W. Bush and lead counsel for the Republicans, joined forces with the liberal attorney David Boise who opposed him in the critical 2000 Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case. The unlikely pairing of Olson and Boies sparked outcry from both sides of the aisle, as conservatives protested that Olson was turning his back on traditional principles, and liberals, along with the LGBT community, accused Boies of collaborating with the enemy.
I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of this film, and while watching this movie, it felt like I was watching, Titanic. I knew our opponent’s ship was going to sink in the end, but for some reason my eyes were still glued to the screen as each legal milestone led to the film’s epic finale, and ultimately the end of California’s discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage.
I was at the majority of the marriage equality protests held outside the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, and even had the chance to witness some of the trial sessions in person. While watching The Case Against 8, I couldn’t help but feel that the documentary was telling my story. I personally connected to it, and I’m sure that anyone who followed the marriage trials, whether they marched in a rally or just watched the case unfold on the news, will feel the same way too.
Shooting over five years, directors and producers Ben Cotner and Ryan White have created a powerful emotional account of the journey that took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Case Against 8 was a crowd-pleaser on the festival circuit, and won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary category in addition to the SXSW Audience Award in the Festival Favorites category.
If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate LGBT Pride month, make sure you catch the premiere of The Case Against 8 this Monday, June 23rd (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The premiere also coincides with the anniversary of the two landmark Supreme Court rulings that restored marriage equality to California and struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26th, 2013.