Hollywood celebrated Judge Vaughn Walker’s Prop 8 ruling, not only because so many celebrity figures are in support, but because it was a group of entertainment activists — Chad Griffin, Rob Reiner, Dustin Lance Black, Bruce Cohen, with significant funding from David Geffen and Steve Bing — who hatched the idea to pursue the case at the federal level and then backed it all the way. It was one of the best recent examples of the ability of politically active industry figures to change the direction of a debate.
A big supporting player in all of this proved to be Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is an official defendant in the same sex-marriage case, but left little doubt of what side he’s now on.
The react from the right on the ruling was relatively restrained, but the P.R. campaign is still at the ready for a pushback, even if Walker picked apart every argument given by the defenders of Prop 8. Black got a taste of what may be in store even before the decision was announced, as he spent a flight with one of the most famous figures of the anti-gay movement.
Wyclef Jean threw his hat in the ring to become president of Haiti, but Sean Penn was circumspect.
Don Henley got an apology from former California Senate candidate Chuck DeVore,
On the lobbying front, the outlook for net neutrality looked bleaker as talks broke down at the FCC, Google and Verizon mulled a deal and purists and politicos sounded the alarm….The Comcast and NBC U merger gained some key supporters.
On the midterm front, Hollywood is picking sides in the governor’s race…President Obama made plans for a visit to the home of John Wells, while the House’s only professional musician-turned-politico readied for a flashback with Bonnie Raitt.
Photo by Karen Ocamb: David Boies and Ted Olson at the West Hollywood rally celebrating their victory in the Prop 8 case, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger.