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  • The consequences of California’s Proposition 8 vote are revealed through several personal stories.

    The consequences of California’s Proposition 8 vote are revealed through several personal stories.

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  • After the passage of Prop. 8, the fight for marriage equality continued.

    After the passage of Prop. 8, the fight for marriage equality continued.

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  • Candlelight Vigil 11/5/08 on the steps of San Francisco City Hall

    Candlelight Vigil 11/5/08 on the steps of San Francisco City Hall

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  • Alison and Huong get married in Summer 2008

    Alison and Huong get married in Summer 2008

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  • No on 8 Headquarters 11/5/08 - the day after election day

    No on 8 Headquarters 11/5/08 - the day after election day

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  • Claudia at No on 8 visibility demonstration

    Claudia at No on 8 visibility demonstration

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  • Holli working in No on 8 Headquarters

    Holli working in No on 8 Headquarters

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  • Kate Kendell (National Center for Lesbian Rights) and Geoff Kors (Equality California) 11/4/08 - Election Day

    Kate Kendell (National Center for Lesbian Rights) and Geoff Kors (Equality California) 11/4/08 - Election Day

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  • Day of Decision 5/26/09:  Demonstraton in front of California Supreme Court Building

    Day of Decision 5/26/09: Demonstraton in front of California Supreme Court Building

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The Film

Heartbreaking and inspiring, The Campaign is a human drama that follows ordinary people compelled by a passionate belief in equality to go far beyond their everyday selves. They’re caught in the political firestorm of one of the largest social issue campaign the U.S. has ever seen: the campaign to defeat California’s Proposition 8 and to defend same-sex marriage. With exclusive access to the statewide headquarters of “No on 8,” the story tracks Holli, Claudia, Richard, Anne, and Alison through emotional battles to protect their families, their rights, and their dignity. They learn that growing social acceptance does not always translate into votes, but that participating in the political process transforms them — win or lose.

The passage of Prop 8 was a great shock to many, not only in California but across the nation and around the world. Growing social acceptance and isolated legal gains have produced a sense that increased LGBT legal protection is imminent. Yet at the time of the 2008 election, 31 states had voted against gay marriage at the ballot box. The story is much more complicated than a “Yes” or “No” vote. By reaching beyond the issues to follow strong characters, the film holds universal themes and appeal: the mixed emotions of family relationships, self-empowerment through activism, and the struggle in deciding how much of oneself to sacrifice for the cause.

Characters drive the story of The Campaign, from their initial confidence that Prop 8 will be defeated, through their frustrating experiences of unfavorable polling numbers, to their heartbreaking 52-to-48-percent defeat on election night, and the turmoil beyond. We see the lives of real people in the balance, not polished representatives.

The Filmmaker

  1. Christie E. HerringProducer/Director