Jun 14, 2019
By Ceylan Karasapan Crow
Every June as part of my celebration of Gay Pride Month, I watch the documentary THE FREEDOM TO MARRY. The documentary, a mix of interviews and news footage, follows the United States' LGBTQ community's fight for marriage equality, based on the position that committed, loving gay couples should have the same legal foundation and rights as those in serious heterosexual relationships.
The film is a reminder of the long and difficult work that victory took in a political climate in which all things progressive are at risk. No such victory can be taken for granted.
"Freedom to Mary" introduces us to the people who worked for decades for the fight for marriage equality which led to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling making it legal for gay people to marry in all 50 states.
This well-made documentary traces the story of acceptance of homosexuality in American society, alongside Evan Wolfson, founder and president of the advocacy group Freedom to Marry who for 32 years spent the best part of most days raising the national awareness on that issue.
Director Eddie Rosenstein follows Wolfson and National Campaign Director Marc Solomon as they travel to various states and rallies in the countdown to the vital SCOTUS case, culminating in Mary Bonauto’s breath taking preparation for arguing in favor of marriage equality. It was Bonauto who handled oral arguments when the gay marriage case went to the Supreme Court.
FREEDOM TO MARRY beautifully humanizes the movement's fighters Evan Wolfson, and attorney Mary Bonauto, as well as the court case plaintiffs, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, terrified by the notion that the foster kids they were parenting could be taken away from their family if they could not legally adopt them.
At the end of the film, President Obama calls the Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage "justice that arrives like a thunderbolt." But Wolfson sees it differently and adds "that only took 32 years."
You can follow the movement here: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pages/why-it-matters
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