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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Marriage

Marriage

Freedom to Marry
"The epic, nail-biting, untold story of how same-sex marriage became law of the land. The Freedom to Marry follows Evan Wolfson, the architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto and their key colleagues on this decades long battle, culminating in a dramatic fight at the United States Supreme Court. More than the saga of one movement's history, this is an inspiring tale of how regular people can actually win and how activists can effectively chang the minds and laws of the nation."

The Gay Marriage Thing
"Gayle and Lorre, college sweethearts in their thirties, wish to file for a marriage license in Massachusetts. The film attempts to capture the controversy and the wide range of political, religious and personal opinions about the subject of gay marriage in order to facilitate dialogue and discussion on the matter."

In Sickness and in Health  
"This documentary follows the experiences of seven couples from New Jersey who filed lawsuits in the hopes of securing same sex marriages."

Lesbian Grandmothers from Mars
"Story of life partners and grandmothers Carrie & Elisia Ross-Stone and their three-month bicycle trek across the United States. The purpose of the trek was to raise support for gay marriage, and this documentary details the highs and lows they experienced along the way."

Limited Partnership
"Award-winning documentary about Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan, one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married in the United States."

Love Free Or Die
"This documentary tells the story of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop in Christendom. Gene has stood firmly by both his sexuality and his religion, and in the process of asserting himself and his civil rights has sparked worldwide controversy. This film addresses issues of institutionalized homophobia, social injustice, and the importance of refusing to be anything but oneself; even in the face of contempt."

Marry Me: Stories from the San Francisco Weddings
"Documentary that introduces four couples who were married in San Francisco in February and March, 2004, during the period when the city issued marriage licenses and performed weddings for same sex couples."

My Sister, My Bride: A Film
"J. Farrell Cafferata and Caren Jenkins, partners for five years, wanted to officially celebrate their commitment like an other couple in love, so when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses in October 2002, Farrell and Caren came to San Francisco City Hall to be married in a civil ceremony. Together with thousands of other hopeful couples, they participated in what has become a defining moment for gay rights."

The New Black
"This award-winning documentary boldly examines the controversial and challenging issues facing African American communities on gay civil rights, campaigns for/against marriage equality and in particular the role of faith institutions. The film makes a compelling case that the fight for LGBT rights in Black communities is an extension of the Black Freedom Struggle."

One Summer in New Paltz: A Cautionary Tale
"Set against a backdrop of the Bush administration's policy of endless war and assault on civil liberties, One Summer in New Paltz is a cautionary tale of a young mayor of a small village who stunned his neighbors and the nation by performing 25 same-sex marriages in defiance of state law. As a result, thousands of gay couples flooded New Paltz seeking to be married. The film probes the debate on same-sex marriage and also documents the first day of legal same-sex marriages in Boston in May, 2004."

One Wedding and a ... Revolution
"On February 12, 2004, the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, instructed city and county officials to allow lesbian and gay couples to marry. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, founders of the first lesbian-rights organization and celebrating their 51st anniversary, were invited to be the first couple married."

Pursuit of Equality: The Unfinished Work of American Freedom
"A documentary about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in 2001 and the social and legal ramifications that unfolded."

Why Thee Wed
"Presents interviews with same-sex married couples who share their views on marriage, religious and political opposition, child adoption, and love. Also includes interviews with their families, the lawyer who represented them, and gay rights activist Jane Rule--who takes issue with the institution of marriage."