After wowing audiences as the opening film at Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, The Freedom to Marry is a fresh and thorough look at the battle for marriage equality in the US. It follows the tense lead up to the Supreme Court's final decision and the main players involved: two lawyers (Evan Wolfson, the architect of the movement, and Mary Bonauto, a leading civil rights attorney) and two lesbian plaintiffs (April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse). It's nail biting stuff, and gives hope for Australia's future.
The committed couple and parents appealed to the Supreme Court after failing to sue the state of Michigan for the right to marry. Billed as a ‘war room' style documentary, the film goes behind the scenes at the culmination of a decades-long fight, and tracks the grass-roots campaign for support. It all started for Wolfson in 1983 at Harvard Law School, with his thesis on how same-sex couples could achieve marriage equality. The Freedom to Marry also profiles Bonauto who had never argued in the Supreme Court before.
Directed by Wolfson's childhood friend Eddie Rosenstein, The Freedom to Marry had its world premiere at the Frameline Festival in San Francisco a year and a day after the Supreme Court's decision.
"The Freedom to Marry is this summer's hot documentary." – Curve Magazine
"Surprisingly suspenseful and thoroughly moving and inspiring." – Boston Globe
"The film is a definitive history of the course gay marriage took in the United States… nothing short of chilling." – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Introduced by Alex Greenwich MP