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George Clooney Onboard for Prop. 8 Play Reading

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Actor George Clooney arrives at the Premiere Of Fox Searchlight's "The Descendants" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 15, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has scored a movie-star-size coup for his play 8, with George Clooney signing on for a Los Angeles reading of the thoroughly researched Prop. 8 drama. The L.A. Times reports that Clooney is the first actor announced for the reading, which will double as a fund-raiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

"It is astonishing that gay and lesbian Americans are still treated as second-class citizens," Clooney said in a press release from the foundation. "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."

Rob Reiner will direct the March 3 reading at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/2011 Getty Images