Film pro­duc­tion disrupts rain­bow light­ing at At­lanta City Hall

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Mayor Kasim Reed’s of­fice made ac­com­mo­da­tions af­ter a pro­duc­tion crew film­ing at At­lanta City Hall or­dered on­look­ers of a rain­bow light­ing dis­play cel­e­brat­ing mar­riage equal­ity to leave the premises.

The movie be­ing filmed was “Con­fir­ma­tion,” an HBO pro­duc­tion about the con­fir­ma­tion of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas wrote in dis­sent to the court’s 5–4 de­ci­sion on June 26 to strike down same-sex mar­riage bans na­tion­wide.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on June 30 as Ge­or­gia Voice went to view the dis­play that Mayor Reed’s of­fice ini­ti­ated fol­low­ing the Supreme Court de­ci­sion. The side­walks on all four sides of At­lanta City Hall were closed off for film­ing, so we went across the street to take pic­tures, joined by sev­eral oth­ers.

A se­cu­rity guard said he had been told the pic­tures were dis­rupt­ing the film pro­duc­tion and or­dered ev­ery­one off the premises. When told the light­ing dis­play was to celebrate the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion on mar­riage equal­ity, the guard dis­puted that and claimed it was for the film pro­duc­tion.

He also said film­ing would go on ev­ery night that week, which would ham­per any other visi­tors who wanted to see the light­ing dis­play, which was sched­uled to end on July 2.

When no­ti­fied of the in­ci­dent, the mayor’s of­fice re­con­firmed the in­tent of the light­ing dis­play and ex­tended it to July 10 due to the film­ing.

(Photo via Wikipedia, inset photo by Pa­trick Saun­ders)

A film about the con­fir­ma­tion of U.S. Supreme Court Jus­tice Clarence Thomas dis­rupted a rain­bow light­ing dis­play at At­lanta City Hall.

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