here! Films has acquired worldwide rights to John Henning and Mike Roth's 2006 gay marriage documentary Saving Marriage.

here! sister company Regent Releasing has moved up the release date to October 10 in select cities as part of the push to defeat Proposition 8 in California. If passed, the controversial ballot measure will ban same-sex marriage in the State by amending the California Constitution to say that only marriage between a man and a woman would be recognised.

In furtherance of this goal, Regent Releasing has partnered with Equality California, a leading organisation fighting for marriage equality in California, to raise funds and awareness for the No On Prop 8 campaign through advanced benefit screenings of the film in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

''We are proud to join the fight for marriage equality in California and across the country and are honoured to be working with such a talented producing team and amazing organisation like EQCA on the release of this important documentary before such a pivotal election period,' Mark Reinhart, Regent's West Coast general manager and executive vice president of distribution and acquisitions, said.

'We hope this film will not only educate audiences on the importance of defeating Prop 8 in California but encourage Americans nationwide to vote locally.'

Saving Marriage chronicles the two years after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court ruled gay marriage legal in November of 2003. Public outcry pushed conservative legislators to approve a constitutional amendment that would override the decision and take marriage away from the gay and lesbian couples.

'This film is relevant to what is happening in California today, where we face Proposition 8, the divisive ballot measure that would eliminate marriage for same-sex couples,' EQCA executive director Geoff Kors said. 'Committed same-sex couples - many of whom have been together for decades - deserve the same right to marry as any other loving couples in California.'

Reinhart brokered the film acquisition with Roth and Henning.