The reason this play, “8”, is being published here on The prison gates are open… is due to the news blog’s heavy support in the LGBTQ movement and for equal rights to every human being, no matter their gender, race, religion, or even their sexual orientation. This was an historical case and resembles the current struggle continuing on today against anti-LGBTQ bigotry and violence in the United States. The latest victory for the LGBTQ community was the Supreme Court’s overturning of Prop. 8 on February 7, 2012, declaring the ban of same-sex marriage being unconstitutional:
Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, “8” is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.