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Actor and Director Rob Reiner Talks LGBT Equality: “We Have To Keep Fighting!”

Reiner:“We view this as the last leg of the civil rights race we’re running… The gay community is the only community in America that is viewed as less under the law of any group so this last little piece that we can hopefully put in place with our federal court challenge to Prop 8… There’s still a lot of work to be done and I don’t want anybody to think that we’ve won this. By no stretch of the imagination have we won this. Years from now we’ll look back and say, ‘what was all that fuss about?’ People will look back and say, you mean there was a time that women couldn’t vote? There was a time that blacks couldn’t vote or blacks couldn’t marry whites? I mean, we look at those things as ridiculous now and we will look at this as being ridiculous but right now we’re in the middle of a fight and we have to keep fighting… We’re going to win this, but we’ve got to keep our foot on the gas.”Emmy-winning actor, director and activist Rob Reiner on Stephanie Miller’s Talking Liberally  (Click the link to hear the full interview)

Reiner is an American Foundation for Equal Rights board member and was one of the major financial backers of the fight to overturn Prop 8 in California.

WATCH The West Coast Production of Dustin Lance Black’s “8” Starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney at Back2Stonewall.com

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.

Video of last nights performance made available by American Foundation for Equal Rights — the organization behind the effort to overturn Prop 8 — the event was streamed live on YouTube last night  And now you can watch the full program below.

The play itself starts at roughly at the 30 minute mark after a recap of news reports and speeches about the court case challenging Prop 8.

NOM’s Maggie Gallagher Srivastav Explains Her Attendence Of The Broadway Premiere of Dustin Lance Black’s “8”

In an email exchange with Advocate.com.  The National Organiztion For Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher – Srivastav (sans Hindu husband of course.  It was in public after all) explains why she attended the Broadway premiere of 8, Dustin Lance Black’s staged reading of the federal Proposition 8 case based on transcripts of the 2010 trial in California.

Gallagher who said that she “wanted to see the play and I didn’t think it was likely to make it to Broadway again,”  was at a loss at why she was included in the play at all.  “I wasn’t part of the trial, so it’s curious the playwright felt the need to write me in.” 

Gallagher even had the nerve to critque Dustin Lance Blacks work on the play by saying  “It’s pretty hard to turn a transcript of a trial into exciting theater. “It was pretty ideological. Perhaps not unexpectedly.”

But according to at least one source at the play Gallagher tried to barge her way backstage after play but was stopped by Broadway Impact cofounder Gavin Creel, who “politely said she couldn’t go on stage.”

There is stil no news weather the home brought snacks Maggie grazed laoudly upon during the play was Moosie Mic or Purina Cow Chow.