This is an informative and, frankly, thrilling look behind the scenes look at the legal case mounted to overturn California’s ban on same sex marriage.

I remember when the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies (who squared off on opposite sides of Bush v. Gore) hit the news and couldn’t believe that Olson was part of the team arguing this case. I was a little confounded at the time, but it was a brilliant move.

The two couples at the center of the case are engaging, and moments they share on camera are profoundly touching.

After winning accolades on the festival circuit, HBO has released the film, which makes it available to a much wider audience. Don’t have HBO or even cable? I bet you know someone who does. It’s worth making an effort to see this top-notch doc.

HBO also offers a viewing guide that may be of interest.

The Case Against 8


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