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Rob Reiner Paid Someone $6K to Stand in Line for Him at the Supreme Court for Prop 8 Hearing

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Today, arguments in favor of and against Proposition 8 were heard by the Supreme Court of the United States. And certain folks in Hollywood weren't about to miss it — according to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Reiner paid a stand-in to wait in line for him for nearly a week, to the tune of about $6,000. Reiner has been hugely active in the marriage equality movement, sitting, as he does, on the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. He was first in line to get into the Supreme Court this morning, joining a crowd that included protesters in costumes as well as folks holding signs that read "God H8s Fags."

According to the Huffington Post, Reiner joked "We're number one! We're number one!" upon arriving at the historic occasion, leaving out of his humorous chant the fact that he was number one thanks to someone else's need for six g's.

It seems as though the man standing in for Reiner was a gentleman named John Spears, although that hasn't been confirmed. Last week, HuffPo reported the following:

At the head of the line was line-standing veteran John Spears, who was here around this time last year for the health care case. He told The Huffington Post he had arrived around 4 p.m. on Thursday, a full 114 hours in advance. In traditional line-stander fashion, he declined to say whose spot he was holding.
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It's too soon to say for sure, but early reports note that the court seems poised to toss out Prop 8, allowing all Californians the right to marry.