“8: The Mormon Proposition” – Winner of GLAAD Media Award: Video

by Accidental Bear

Attorney, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Featured in “8: The Mormon Proposition” – Winner of GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary

Spencer is an associate attorney in the San Francisco office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where his practice includes complex civil litigation and international commercial arbitration matters for clients such as AMD, Apple, Bank of America, and Google. Spencer was raised in a small town in Utah , and is the third of seven children in a conservative Mormon family. At the age of 19, he served a two-year mission for the Mormon Church in Tokyo , Japan . Spencer was the first student from his high school to attend an Ivy League college. He graduated from Dartmouth , and later from Stanford Law School . Spencer and his husband were among the first same-sex couples to receive a legal marriage certificate at San Francisco City Hall in June 2008. Their pictures and story were carried by dozens of news outlets — including the New York Times, USA Today, and People Magazine. After California voters passed Proposition 8 — which took away the right of same-sex couples to marry — Spencer was featured in a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival titled “8: The Mormon Proposition.” The documentary chronicles the Mormon Church’s substantial role in passing Proposition 8 and the resulting harm to LGBT couples. The documentary was released to theaters nationwide in Summer 2010 and subsequently won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary. Through his experience with “8″, Spencer repeatedly saw firsthand just how powerful the simple act of sharing one’s story can be in changing hearts and minds, and in advancing the fight for full LGBT equality. Please share yours — it’s another way that things can and do get better.


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