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