An early episode of NBC's new Law &
Order spinoff set in Los Angeles will tackle the money that
supported California's gay marriage ban.
Voters narrowly approved Proposition 8
in 2008. The measure trumped a state Supreme Court ruling that had
legalized the institution. Last week, a
federal judge ruled the law to be unconstitutional.
Law & Order: Los Angeles
Executive Producer Rene Balcer told gay
entertainment blog AfterElton.com that the upcoming episode will
focus on the funding of the initiative.
“One of the episodes that we're doing
is [about] the money behind the Prop 8 people and the hypocrisy of
black churches supporting a proposition like that, and also looking
at the whole 'initiative industry' and how these lobbyists make a lot
of money,” he said.
Balcer said support for the measure
from Black churches was “hypocrisy.”
“There is a hypocrisy,” he
insisted. “In fact, that's one of the lines in the script: 'How
can you as a black minister who has fought for civil rights now fight
to deny someone else their civil rights?'”
“I mean it makes no sense,” Balcer
Alfred Molina will play Deputy District
Attorney Morales when the show debuts in the fall. The original Law
& Order series ended its 20-year run last year.