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May 11, 2010 at 12:52 PM

"Guerrilla Theater" Reenactments of Historic Proposition 8 Federal Trial Expected Across America


SAN FRANCISCO -- Together with some of the nation's leading voices from the faith, labor and equality communities, Courage Campaign Equality will launch an unprecedented national public education campaign for LGBT equality this Thursday at a press conference in San Francisco.

"Testimony: Equality on Trial" (Testimony) is supported by a diverse coalition that includes the California Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Academy Award winning actress Marisa Tomei, and former Republican congressman Michael Huffington.

"The historic federal trial over Proposition 8 has already destroyed the lies and hollow arguments used to deceive voters into taking away basic freedoms from their neighbors," said Courage Campaign Founder Rick Jacobs. "While Prop. 8's proponents have tried to suppress evidence and exclude the public, we are launching an unprecedented, year-long campaign on May 13 that will give every American their day in court."

The launch of "Testimony" comes with final arguments in the continuing federal trial over Proposition 8 (Perry v. Schwarzenegger) scheduled for June 16. The case is widely expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court, with far-reaching implications for both federal law and the 30 states which have already passed constitutional amendments restricting the freedoms of LGBT Americans, and LGBT families.

"Since our nation's founding, equality has been on trial," said Cleve Jones, a close friend to Harvey Milk, Founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and a Senior Advisor to the Courage Campaign. "By merging time-honored organizing tactics and cutting-edge technology, Testimony will bring the heart of this trial -- the essence of fairness and decency -- out of the courtroom and into the public square."

Thursday's press conference will debut the project's companion website, as well as a demonstration of the live, "Guerrilla Theater" reenactments of the ongoing Prop. 8 trial (Perry v. Schwarzenegger) expected across the country as part of this campaign.

The scripts for the "guerilla theater" re-enactments were personally selected by Academy Award winning film producer Bruce Cohen ("American Beauty," "Milk") and are based on the original trial transcripts.


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