Friday, September 17, 2010

"8: The Mormon Proposition" Showing Tonight at The Shadowbox Cinema

Cover of "8: The Mormon Proposition"Cover of 8: The Mormon PropositionIf you only see one documentary this year, you must see "8: The Mormon Proposition, playing tonight at 7pm at The Shadowbox Cinema, 22 Kirk Ave in Roanoke. Admission is $7. Purchase tickets at the door for all three nights of the Roanoke Equality Community Film Series for $15 and save $7.

Find out how the Mormon and Catholic churches financed and organized California's Proposition 8, taking away the right to marry from loving, committed same-sex couples.

Ninth Circuit Court Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the discriminatory voter initiative this summer, but it's not over. The case is still very much alive and may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. There are questions about whether or not the Pro-8 side has the legal standing to file the appeal, since they are not named in the case of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger. Find out how it all started as this compelling documentary follows the money all the way to the top leaders of the Mormon Church.

From the film's press kit: Filmmaker and ex-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member Reed Cowan examines that church's nationwide efforts to prevent the legalization of gay marriage -- including California's Proposition 8, which was passed by voters in 2008. Confidential church documents, statements by high-ranking church officials and other sources detail 30 years of efforts to turn back gay rights, particularly by the Mormon-sponsored National Organization for Marriage. 

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