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George Clooney has always been political, but not political enough to seriously entertain thoughts of running for office. "Look at my life and look at everybody else's life in politics," he said during press for 'The Ides of March' back in October. "Why would I ever want to do that? I'm having a very good time." Indeed! Besides, if he was running for office, it's doubtful Clooney would be able to participate in such lightning rod events, like a reading of the play '8' in Los Angeles this March.

Written by Dustin Lance Black ('Milk,' 'J. Edgar'), '8' is a play that focuses on "research and transcripts from Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the 2010 federal court battle that dealt with the legality of Prop. 8, the controversial ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California. The judge in the case ruled that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional, but the decision has been appealed."

Clooney is the first actor announced for the reading, which will be held on March 8, 2012, in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Said Clooney in a statement: "It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens. I am confident that, very soon, the laws of this nation will reflect the basic truth that gay and lesbian people -- like all human beings -- are born equal in dignity and rights."

No word yet on other stars who will participate, but you can expect a heavy roster of talent. In addition to Clooney and the Oscar-winning Black, Rob Reiner will direct the staged reading.

[via LAT/Culture Monster]

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