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Proposition 8 inspires star-studded musical

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The Proposition 8 battle has prompted a star-studded music video that is available at the website Funny or Die.

Written by Marc Shaiman and directed by Adam Shankman, the piece shows gay marriage backers and foes debating the issue in song against the backdrop of a Sacramento community college theater. John C. Reilly and Allison Janney lead the gay marriage foes -- all dressed in dark Sunday-best suits. The anti-Prop. 8 crowd includes Neil Patrick Harris and Andy Richter.

The musical begins with the gay marriage supporters singing about "a brand new bright Obama day.... Happy days for the gays." The anti forces then move in, singing: "Nobody's looking, let's spread the hate ... Proposition 8!"

Jack Black then appears as Jesus, who takes part in some mediation. By the end of the video, everyone seems to oppose Prop. 8 (in part because of the lawyers and tattoo removal required to end those same-sex marriages).

The video posted just recently. Early reviews?

Gawker: "This reminds us how smart Obama was to keep celebrities from too-vocally supporting him.... Because usually they seem really obnoxious and do more to aggravate than they do to inure. Oh, plus the music sucks."

Playbill has some of the cast names: The "Proposition 8'ers and The People That Follow Them" include John C. Reilly as Prop 8 Leader; Allison Janney as Prop 8 Leader's #1 Wife; Kathy Najimy as Prop 8 Leader's #2 Wife; Jenifer Lewis as Riffing Prop 8'er; Craig Robinson as A Preacher; and Rashida Jones, Lake Bell and Sarah Chalke as Scary Catholic School Girls From Hell.

-- Shelby Grad

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To know gods word you must undearstand it. God made man and women to have children. God punish people used his word an he punish men who sleep with men and he punish women who sleep with women. For those who miss used god word please read Gen chapter 2 vers 7-25 also read about why god distory sodom and gomorrah chapter 19 read all to vers 38 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodom_and_Gomorrah
and about Nohas Ark Gen chapter 6 - chapter 9:29.
... If you love God you can do anything you want. But if you love God you will only want to do what pleases him. Far from erasing the rest of the bible, to Agape God means to treasure his Word and seek with all your might to follow the commands that are there because his word is his self-revelation. He tells us what pleases and displeases him. You cannot agape God without seeking to do those things he desires.

Jesus said precisely this in John 14:16 “If you love me, you'll keep my commands” because obedience to God means making God's will your will and setting those other things you love including yourself beneath your love for him. Agape conforms all things to the will of God and what cannot be conformed or reformed, whatever interferes with holiness, obedience, and his call in your life, you'll want none of it. Instead, you will want him, you will seek him, you will hunger and thirst for his presence and delight in his law, he will be your pearl of great price for which you will be willing to sell everything you have.
When he's on the way to Jerusalem and the crowds have thinned and his disciples think they're going to the glorious crowning of Jesus as victorious messiah, he turns to them and says, if you would be my follower, you must deny yourself and take up your cross (Matt 16:24). We're not going to a coronation but to a crucifixion. If you love me you will follow. He meets a rich man (Matt 19) who asks “what must I do to inherit the kingdom of heaven?” who says, “I've kept all of the commandments since I've been a boy.” Jesus looks at him and loves him and says, give away everything you have and come follow me. Your money is your idol, give it up. He was saying to the man, “Love me with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your strength, and you will have eternal life.” What did the man do? He turns away. He cannot do it.This is a hard teaching isn't it? It makes me wilt. I can't do it. If to agape God with all my heart, soul and mind, means that God must always be first in my life, and if that is what is required to have eternal life, then I don't know about you, but I'm with the rich man. I'm doomed. I can't do it. I can't even do it for a moment. I don't love God like that. I wish I did, but I don't. I want to but I'm powerless.

The Ten Commandments
1. Do not worship other gods.
2. Do not worship idols.
3. Do not misuse God's name.
4. Keep the Sabbath holy.
5. Honor your father & mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not lie.
10. Do not covet

This video, like the gay agenda, is nothing more than a piece of crap on wheels.

Homosexuality is wrong, period. Trying to change that law is like trying to change the law of gravity. Best of luck trying to do that!

And the fact that Jack Black is part of that rubbish is more a statement about what kind of filth people are trying to spread than any kind of statement of truth.

so i'm not from CA but from what i have heard is that marriage and civil unions/domestic partnerships in CA had the same rights as marriage. that being said what rights were taken away? wasn't it just a title of the union itself? so it basically comes down to definitions? please enlighten me....

Looks like Jack Black and the rest of these knobs have a lot of free time now that the economy is going into the tank. I expect more of this as the economy gets worse, money dries up and Hollywierd becomes more irrelevant than ever.

Hey, all you pro gay marriage people need to stop trying to make rational, factual arguments with the anti gay marriage people, they don’t deal in facts they deal in emotions. The key to this video is that the bible says that eating shellfish is just as bad as being gay. They are all ignoring this in their posts because there is no rational way to defend their selective use of the bible and besides, they want to eat at Red Lobster after Church on Sunday.

I'm just glad it gets people talking about it. The more we talk, the closer to equality we get. Love and let love.

Lydia Christiansen's erroneous assertion that, "you homosexuals have the freedom to form Civil Unions which give you the same exact rights as a married heterosexual couple" is false - a typical characteristic of the views advanced by who would convert America to a theocracy a la Iran. Federal law does not recognize same sex civil unions or even marriages performed within the few states which allow them so homosexuals absolutely do NOT have the same rights as married heterosexual couples. For one thing, if Lydia's circuitous logic were true and the same rights were already extended, what would the religious zealots have to oppose or the gay rights movement have to advance? Same sex couples are shut out of benefits ranging from social security and retirement benefits to immigration rights. If you really want to get your facts straight, I suggest not relying exclusively on so-called Christians who preach hatred from the pulpit and right-leaning sources such as Faux News.

I really enjoyed the Prop 8 musical, and thought it was very well done--I liked the creativity and the comedy that they interjected into a topic that is serious, and clearly controversial. I am a Christian, and I support equal rights--I was very much against prop 8. There are many other Christians who support equal rights as well. Surveys state that religion influenced this vote. I'd like to share another side of that equation.

To me, the Bible is the Word of God, but it was written by human hands. Since Human Beings are not perfect and we are all flawed, it makes sense to me that the people writing the words down instilled their own human experience--their personal biases and beliefs. I also believe that the Bible must be taken into the context of the time in which it was written, and the societal beliefs or prejudices of that time.

With regards to the passages in the Bible that describe homosexuality, one thing is strikingly clear. None of these passages incorporate the theme of love within them. The relationships that are described in these passages have nothing to do with love--they have everything to do with lust, and one person wielding power over another. I don't believe that these passages reflect the majority of same sex relationships today.

I can't imagine that God would ever condemn love between people--regardless of whether couples are straight or gay--God IS love. I have friends who are gay, and they are kind, compassionate and deeply spiritual people. Their relationships are based on the principles of love and trust. I believe such unions should be celebrated, and that they deserve the same rights that the rest of us enjoy.

As an atheist, I have to ask if anyone really thinks that you are going to change the minds of people who accept 2000 year old fairy tales as the truth about the universe. Besides MRI studies have shown that the brains of conservatives have a difficult time processing new or conflicting information, so give it up, and try to enjoy life a little. I am. Both the video and this discussion are very funny.

We win. Majority Rules. Majority is always right. Not everyone can be allowed to play reindeer games - these are the rules. Please stop talking about this and creating your silly musicals. Marriage and weddings and ceremonys are only for US!!! Move to another country if you don't like it. And now, we do not want to hear anymore about it.

The sooner we get past the myths here the better. This wasn't a vote based on race; it was a vote based on education. (See Nate Silver, stats guru, for further evidence.) That said, a musical probably isn't going to change many votes.

Here we need to look to an Obama model. We need a popular pro athlete (or someother hero of the "Joe the Plumbers") to come out of the closet and lead the charge. Plus, we need other athletes and Joe the Plumbers ready to defend this person. (Kudos, Steve Young, a Mormon pro football player with an anti-prop 8 sign in his yard. People should remember that. Same with others.) A small inroad here will repeal prop 8.

I love this piece. But remember next election, we need to be on the offensive. We need to be taking from their base constituents. We need to moves the less educated to the anti-prop 8 side.


Rights that I (assuming my marriage was invalidated by the passage of Prop 8) no longer have under a domestic partnership:

1) The right to enter into the domestic partnership regardless of whether my husband and I live together. Married couples do not need to cohabitate before they marry. Domestic partners do. This is not just a silly definitional thing. My husband and I worked in two different cities when we got married, and therefore would not have been permitted to register as domestic partners at that time. (We had registered previously, and viewed our marriage as an "upgrade.")

2) Rights of survivorship. The law is not clear whether or not the house I owned before my husband and I got domestic partnered will revert to my husband in the event that I die suddenly. Though the intention of the domestic partnership law was to make this legal, there simply isn't the body of legal holdings to make me confident that it will be the case without spending money on attorneys to back it up.

3) Power of attorney. When my husband took his job out of town, we bought a house in the city where he would be working. If we had been married, he could have signed all the purchase documents. Since we were "only" domestic partners, we needed to hire an attorney to put together power-of-attorney paperwork so he could purchase the house on my behalf as well as his own.

4) Medial authorization. In the event that I am incapacitated and my husband disagrees with my parents about what course of treatment should be pursued, my parents are legally next of kin, not my husband, and they get the final say. If we are still married, my husband has the final say in my treatment, as it should be.

5) Privacy. My domestic partnership is a public record in a statewide database. When we married we had the option of making the marriage private, and therefore not searchable by anyone curious to see who's gay.

6) Parental rights. A lesbian I know was advised to legally relinquish and re-adopt her own, biological daughter, because being "domestic partnered" at the time the baby is born did not give her partner parental authority as being married would have.

Those are just the ones that I've personally run into. I'm sure others could list more.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if the straight community will defer the word "marriage" to the churches and all register as domestic partners, I'll be perfectly happy, because that will be equal. With, literally, thousands of laws and court holdings governing marriage, there's simply no way "separate but equal" can keep up with everything.

Of course, several people have posted lists like these in numerous places, but since people keep asking, I have to assume that everyone thinks those of us who have experienced the inequality personally are just making it up...

Maybe it's reporting "news" like this that led to the LATimes going bankrupt?

The comments to this video really show how hateful people can be. Shame on you for your hatred of your fellow men and women who share this Country with you, share your churches and pay taxes. No wonder the world hates us, you cannot even get along in your own Country without having to control and hate others. Yes, this is about HATE.

Shame on all those who voted yes knowing that others voted for your rights and you voted against someone elses....I'm speaking to blacks, hispanics, asians, women, disabled, elderly....we all voted for your rights and when it came time for the return favor you all ran with your tails between your legs in hate and judgement. You all need to thank the God you worship that he is forgiving for you judging others.

Oh, and for the uneducated Majority Rules guy, you need to go back and read the Constitution, which was written so that the minority runs the Country, not the majority. Obviously anyone with a junior college education who took political science would know that. It must be a joy being married to you.

Well said JW I agree 100%

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There are a lot of stupid comments here, but I love the long comments by Fred Marsh, Kerry, and Jim. The musical is great, especially considering that it was written so quickly, and shot on one day. I just wish Shaiman had done it before the election. I know that there are some real Christians who support equality, but the right-wing Christians are treated too kindly in the skit. I think some nonviolent civil disobedience actions targeting Catholic, Evangelical, and Mormon churches are in order.

Good video, yes on the fringe and in the face of the religious right but hey, it caught their attention so I guess it accomplished something.

I'm 23 year old homosexual male with a masters degree in chemistry from SDSU.

I work 60 hours a week as a research administrator developing drugs for MS victims.

I own my own home, I pay taxes, I dont drink, smoke, or party. I have never even seen marijuana in real life. I vote republican on most issues.

I also donate to my alma mater each year and provide a $3,000 scholarship each year to purchase musical instruments at my old highschool.

I am in a committed monagamous relationship with my boyfriend of 3 years and would one day like to marry or at least have any and all possible benefits of a marriage bestowed upon us.

Its depressing knowing I can't have what any heterosexual can because of my sexual preference which really has nothing to do with anyone else. Please let me live my life as I see fit.

I am a christian, and I accept ALL people. I don't see why other people don't.

Well, the GAYSTAPO, can scream, shout, call me BIGOT.............It's all good, Attack Christianity, you only show your true colors. And it ain't PINK Baby. It is NAZI RED. I don't agree, and stand by my Faith, attack my faith, my Religion, my "Family Structure". It is all good. God Bless.

Quite Frankly: This whole argument is rediculous. Gay's have nothing more than an illness which they are trying to impose on normal people. Knock it off, you want to visit your friend in the hospital go ahead, you want to buy property together, go ahead, you want your rights have them. Just stop trying to cram your way of life down normal peoples throat.

The attempt by the gay rights groups to equate the Leviticus admonition against eating shell fish, which has no penalty for violating, with the Leviticus list of forbidden sexual acts that Leviticus explicitly list death for violating (incest, homosexuality, bestiality), shows just how dishonest the gay rights group promoting this are.

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