Star-studded Proposition 8 raised $2 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights
by Jennifer Mishler
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Photo: American Foundation for Equal Rights / YouTube

Last month, we celebrated the federal appeals court ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. “Prop 8″ banned gay marriage in the state of California in 2010, and February’s ruling declared that ban to be a civil rights violation, and that it “served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.”

Hollywood is celebrating too, and some A-List stars teamed up to raise funds for charity to support marriage equality. According to SF Gate, a long list of superstars acted in a production of Dustin Lance Black’s play “8.” The production, presented by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact was streamed live on YouTube and watched by 200,000 viewers as well as a live audience. The cast included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jamie Lee Curtis, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly, Matthew Morrison, and Chris Colfer among others. The play portrays the trial of Perry v. Brown, filed by AFER to challenge Prop 8.

“It’s important to be on the right side of history. In 20 years, I don’t want anyone to wonder where I stood. At some point people are going to look back and wonder why this was ever an issue,” said Clooney. Black adds, “People need to witness what happened in the Proposition 8 trial, if for no other reason than to see inequality and discrimination unequivocally rejected in a court of law where truth and facts matter. I’ve built my career around exposing and uncovering ‘the real story.’ The goal of ‘8’ is to show the world that marriage equality is a basic constitutional right and that those who would deny this basic freedom from loving, committed couples have only vitriol and baseless hyperbole to fall back on. The facts are on our side and truth always finds the light.”

As a result of the star-studded event, $2 million was raised for AFER. According to Look to the Stars, the reading was written by Black and directed by Rob Reiner, both AFER founding board members. The stars weren’t just on stage, but in the audience too. Julie Bowen, Sally Field, Christopher Guest, Hayden Panettiere, Kyra Sedgwick, Barbra Streisand, Olivia Wilde and Sofia Vergara were among the celebrity attendees.

Check out the full performance on youtube through Saturday!

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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