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'8': Hitting the stage for gay marriage

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Hollywood turned out in Los Angeles March 3 for a star-studded reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8, drawn largely from transcripts of the 2010 federal trial that struck down Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage in California. (The case is being appealed.) Directed by Rob Reiner and organized by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact, 8 featured a cast including George Clooney and Martin Sheen as anti-Prop 8 co-counsel David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, Brad Pitt as Judge Vaughn Walker, and Kevin Bacon as pro-Prop 8 attorney Charles J. Cooper. ”I said to Rob, ‘You know, how come I’m always the bad guy?”’ Bacon joked to EW. And what was it like for Boies to be played by Clooney? ”It’s very cool,” Boies laughed. ”It gave me a lot of credibility with my children.”