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Rob Reiner Talks Equal Rights, Bigotry Tonight's Prop 8 Play Reading on 'Morning Joe' VIDEO

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American Foundation for Equal Rights board member and actor Rob Reiner appeared on Morning Joe today to talk about the federal challenge to Proposition 8 and Dustin Lance Black's play 8, which dramatizes the court case and has a one-night-only debut at a Broadway benefit tonight.

Says Reiner: "There is one community in America that is not regarded as equal under the law, and that is the gay community, so we feel that this is the last piece of the civil rights puzzle being put into place."

Reiner plays David Blankenhorn in the reading.

Watch Reiner talk about how Black tackled the play, the need for equal rights, bigotry, and the ongoing case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow! I'm surprised Scab gave this issue any attention. I don't watch his show so I don't know his history with supporting gay culture or lack of it on his show but. I'll watch for any hints of bias.

    Posted by: Christopher Lines | Sep 19, 2011 12:06:48 PM


  2. I've just noticed how much Joe Scarborough and Rachel Maddow look alike.

    Posted by: Sarina | Sep 19, 2011 12:18:02 PM


  3. Is Tom Brokaw a guest on this show or a member of it now? He's better than this.

    Posted by: carb | Sep 19, 2011 12:21:56 PM


  4. You really have to hand it to Rob Reiner. This is a straight man who has as much passion for gay equal rights as any gay advocate. His dad (Carl Reiner, still alive and funny as always), family and former wife (Penny Marshall) have to be extremely proud of the guy - as we all are.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 19, 2011 12:21:56 PM


  5. STOP calling it GAY MARRIAGE....its MARRIAGE!!!

    Posted by: Gay American | Sep 19, 2011 12:50:23 PM


  6. What a ridiculous and insulting conversation.

    If you don't believe in equality (marriage, housing, employment, etc.) for gays and lesbians then yes, you are a bigot.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 19, 2011 1:18:01 PM


  7. again where was Rob when there wasn't a business project involved?

    Posted by: David B. | Sep 19, 2011 5:06:48 PM


  8. "again where was Rob when there wasn't a business project involved?"

    Business project? Rob used his Hollywood clout and money to help fund the case Olson and Boies won, the case that found Prop 8 unconstitutional. He's a crucial ally. Knocking allies is stupid.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 19, 2011 6:00:37 PM


  9. I agree with (haha) "Marcus Bachmann" and Gay American.

    There is no "gay marriage".
    Nobody is "redefining" marriage.

    If you believe gay people should be excluded from the right to marry, then you are a bigot. It doesn't matter how, where, or when you grew up. Bigotry can be unlearned.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 20, 2011 12:17:44 AM


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    Posted by: Moishgil | Sep 20, 2011 8:18:12 PM


  11. I know why he is an expert on bigotry, he was on Bill Mahers show Sunday calling Republicans Hitlers. It's ok though because they are republicans and of course he's a hypocrite.

    Posted by: Steven | Oct 7, 2011 6:25:34 AM


  12. Reiner has been quoted as saying:

    http://www.searchquotes.com/quotation/I_think_Jews_are_the_smartest_people_in_the_world./173292/

    Posted by: renee | Dec 3, 2011 11:19:16 PM


  13. Dear Rob Reiner

    PLEASE, stop saying this "There is one community in America that is not regarded as equal under the law, and that is the gay community, so we feel that this is the last piece of the civil rights puzzle being put into place."

    What about trans rights? This was a great play. It was. And thank you for doing it. But this is NOT the last leg!
    http://liarlunatic.blogspot.com/

    Posted by: Nick M | Mar 8, 2012 11:14:00 AM


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