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Prop 8 trial: Plaintiffs plan to use video clips in support of motion to unseal, including Courage Campaign Testimony reenactments
By Adam Bink
Earlier today, plaintiffs (our side) sent a letter to Judge Ware, informing him that they plan to “use and refer to” certain video clips in support of their arguments. The plaintiffs filed a motion to unseal the tapes from the trial and release them to the public. The letter (h/t Kathleen) is found below:
Among the video clips are two re-enactments of the Prop 8 trial from Courage Campaign’s Testimony: Equality on Trial project. The project staged re-enactments of the trial, including many from the general public, designed to educate the public on what happened in that courtroom since the tapes were sealed off from the public. The first one referred to in the plaintiff’s letter is one we staged with Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (playing Kristin Perry, the plaintiff in Perry v. Brown) and actor Josh Lucas. It took place in a park in West Hollywood. The second was submitted as a puppet re-enactment of a line of questioning from Theodore Boutrous. We’re delighted that the AFER legal team is able to use them in court to demonstrate that the tapes should be released.
The two clips can be found below:
The rest of the video clips referred to in the letter come from the Marriage Trial website, another site devoted to re-enactments, and from a 2007 debate on C-SPAN.
By Adam Bink
I think one of the biggest support networks out there is straight allies who can listen to family, friends and colleagues come out. Without you, it would be a lot harder.
What’s more, folks like Debbie help make it clear to other straight folks coming to grips with those in their life who are LGBT that it’s okay to be accepting and even embracing. Thanks to Debbie for sharing her Testimony.
We now have over 250 videos submitted across 47 states, and because of site glitches (now resolved), we’re even extending the deadline one last time to July 11th, 11:59 PM PST. Share your Testimony as LGBT or straight and why equality is important to you! Click here to get started.
By Adam Bink
This video was sent in the following e-mail to Courage Campaign members in Tennessee, as part of organizing we’re doing with the Tennessee Equality Project against the “don’t say gay” bill, which is expected to rear its ugly head again. We have to start telling stories — straight or LGBT — of why we support equality to being this long-term process of changing hearts and minds in places like Tennessee.
There are a few days left to enter the Dustin Lance Black challenge. It’d be pretty cool if Lance and his film crew flew to Tennessee and put a story on television.
If you know folks in Tennessee, please pass along.