On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, Elton John performed a private benefit concert in Beverly Hills, CA to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Co-founded by actor/director Rob Reiner, AFER is leading the fight for marriage equality through its groundbreaking federal court case to overturn California’s Proposition 8. On the red carpet, AFER’s team and celebrities alike share their feelings on gay marriage with facts, personal experience and song.
In attendance at the fundraiser, and featured in the red carpet interview video below are Jason Mraz, Jane Lynch, Marisa Tomei, Adam Lambert, Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons), Bruce Vilanch, Rob Reiner, Attorney Ted Olson and Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo. This video was shot and produced by Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges of Traipsing Thru Films, Inc. for LGBT POV.
Excerpt from AFER attorney Ted Olson:
“This is the most important case that I know I’ve ever had. It means so much to so many people and we’re feeling progress being made every single day. The more people learn about this case, the more people listen to what we have to say, we’re feeling the changing of public opinion. It’s like flowers blooming in the spring – you can almost see them growing and it’s so moving to see this happen.”