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Stage Play Delves Into Proposition 8 and LGBT Issues

Friday, April 26


These are exciting times for the LGBT community. Will the Supreme Court overturn Proposition 8 in California? What will be the next state to recognize same-sex marriage? What about the Add The Words campaign?

Helping raise awareness of the issues surrounding the LGBT community is the Power of One: Becoming Inclusive Leaders, an annual Northwest LGBT youth leadership conference hosted by Boise State University. While the conference is full, the public is invited to attend a one-night-only reading of 8, a play about the Proposition 8 case heard in California and now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The production takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Boise State Special Events Center and is free to attend.

The play chronicles the trial and the constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, the statewide referendum that overturned marriage equality efforts in November 2008 by amending the California Declaration of Rights to define marriage as between men and women.

It was written by Dustin Lance Black, who also wrote the Academy Award-winning films Milk and J. Edgar, and features actual dialogue from the trial's transcript and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

A panel discussion focusing on LGBT equality will follow the reading.