Proposition 8, the California ballot proposition that changed the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry, has caused a lot of controversy. I’m very pro-gay marriage, so this little video made me very happy.
To protest the passage of Proposition 8, musical theatre composer Marc Shaiman wrote a satiric mini-musical called “Prop 8 — The Musical“. The 3-minute video was distributed on the internet at FunnyOrDie.com beginning on December 3, 2008. It was written and produced in just a few days. The cast includes Jack Black (who plays Jesus), Nicole Parker, Neil Patrick Harris(!), John C. Reilly, Allison Janney, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Margaret Cho, Rashida Jones, Sarah Chalke and other celebrities. Among other comic assertions in the video is a song alleging that gay marriages would save the economy. It received 1.2 million internet hits in its first day.