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Directed by Ben Cotner, Ryan White

United States 2014 109 mins. In English

VISITING ARTISTS—The Northwest Film Center is pleased to co-present the opening night film of this year’s QDoc: Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival. While other films have dealt with the electoral ups and downs of the marriage battle, THE CASE AGAINST 8 focuses on the extraordinary legal strategies that altered the landscape for marriage equality around the country, including Oregon. Challenging California’s Prop 8 banning same-sex marriage, the legal case was argued all the way to the Supreme Court by a very unlikely team of attorneys: Ted Olson and David Boies, former adversaries in the 2000 Bush v. Gore presidential election battle. Together, they found common ground advocating for two courageous couples who allowed their personal lives to become the center of this controversial crusade.

Genres: Documentary



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.