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Brad Pitt joins star-studded cast for Prop. 8 play

03/01/2012 by Olivia Allin

Brad Pitt has joined the star-studded cast of "8," a play about Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

There will be a one-night reading of the play on Saturday, March 3 at the Wilshire Eball Theatre in Los Angeles, California. It will also be streamed live on YouTube at 7:30 p.m. PT and can be viewed on the American Foundation for Equal Rights YouTube page.

"8" will follow the 12-day court case Perry vs. Schwarzenegger (known now as Perry vs. Brown), which sought to overturn Proposition 8. Pitt signed on to portray U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who presided over the case .

George Clooney also joined the production as David Boies, an attorney who represented the plaintiffs in the 2010 case. The cast will also include Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen, John C. Reilly, "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "White Collar" star Matt Bomer and "Glee" stars Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison.

The play was written by Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black and directed by Rob Reiner, who appeared in a promotional video for the play (Watch below).

The reading will raise funds for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which helped launch the court case. An appeals court ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional on February 7, 2012.

Pitt and his longtime partner Angelina Jolie have said in the past that they will get married when everyone in the country has an equal right to marriage. The two have six children together - three adopted children, Maddox, Pax and Zahara, and three biological children, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.

The 48-year-old actor recently confessed that they might not wait until laws change to tie the knot though, mostly because of their six children.

"It seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to do it till everyone can," Pitt told the Hollywood Reporter. "But I don't think we'll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment... to be in love with someone and be raising a family with someone and want to make that commitment and not be able to is ludicrous, just ludicrous."

Pitt's friend and fellow 2012 Oscar nominee George Clooney also recently spoke out about marriage equality and addressed the persisting rumors that he is gay.

"The last thing you'll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, 'These are lies!' That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I'm not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing," Clooney told The Advocate. "Who does it hurt if someone thinks I'm gay?"

"The best and most effective way to end marriage inequality is to point out the ridiculousness of it," Clooney continued. "Gay marriage doesn't affect anyone else or change the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. It's not about singling out one group and giving them special rights; it's about giving everybody the same rights... Although the Catholic Church didn't teach us those things, that's how I was raised."

Watch Rob Reiner's promotional video for "8" below and watch the live stream on YouTube on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. PT on AFER's YouTube page.

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