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The Case Against 8

Project Directors: Ben Cotner and Ryan White


Two famous American litigators from opposite sides of the political spectrum join forces in a historic lawsuit for federal marriage equality. This documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at the key players and events involved in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case currently making its way to the Supreme Court.

With unparalleled access to the main players involved in the lawsuit and fly-on-the-wall coverage of the three years of legal work that have gone into the case, this documentary will be the most thorough, intimate, and accurate portrayal of the federal fight for gay marriage. Following the top litigators in the country, it will also offer unprecedented insight into the justice system and the often mysterious process of taking a case to the Supreme Court of the United States.

This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit