The Case Against 8 (SIFF 2014)

Simply put, The Case Against 8 is quite possibly one of the best documentaries I have seen. It follows the issue of marriage equality starting at the state level (as California first approves gay marriage, then state voters revoke that right via Proposition 8), and tracks it all the way to the US Supreme Court as the standing of Proposition 8 is challenged. Even with the outcome already known, this film provides behind-the-scenes access to the plaintiffs and legal team that tirelessly fought for justice and equality on this divisive issue. It is elegantly crafted and distinctly personal, and makes me proud to know that we have such strong advocates for human rights and equality, regardless of political leanings.

Provided Film Synopsis
In 2008 California passed Proposition 8, outlawing same-sex marriage in the state; in 2013 appeals were concluded, and the amendment was confirmed unconstitutional. That ultimately triumphant six-year journey was, among other things, the story of a legal battle, one documented in stirring fashion by The Case Against 8. When co-directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White approached the team preparing to mount their opposition, they had no idea what outcome would emerge. But they knew they had a marvelous set of heroes to follow. The plaintiffs were two couples—Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo—motivated by love of family as much as fairness. And the legal team fighting for them was an odd couple if ever there was one: Republican Theodore Olson and Democrat David Boies had been opposing counsel in the equally famous, and fractious, case of Bush v. Gore. With footage shot over five years of unparalleled behind-the-scenes access, Cotner and White successfully navigate the audience through complicated courtroom proceedings, while crafting sensitive portraits that give life to the people behind the names laid out dryly in court documents and news reports. This stunning balance has led to well-deserved awards at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Ben Cotner
    • Ryan White
  • Cast Members:

  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Documentary
    • Gay/Lesbian