Top Five Films to See to Celebrate Marriage Equality
The Supreme Court just ruled in support of marriage equality. Here are five films (and one Honorable Mention) we love that remind us where we came from and where we’re going.
5. The Campaign*
The Campaign tells the story of the battle against California’s anti-gay Prop 8. Director Christie Herring makes a point to showcase the lives of the activists working behind the scenes: from struggles to triumphs, The Campaign will have you on the edge of your seat.
4. The Wedding Banquet
Ang Lee’s comedy classic showcases the complexities of intersectionality in same-sex relationships. Watch Chinese immigrant Wei Tung’s quest for the words to explain his relationship with Simon to his family in the midst of a marriage of convenience.
3. Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement
After 42 years together, feisty couple Edie and Thea share the story of their relationship as they travel to Canada to finally be joined in marriage.
2. Any Day Now
Travis Fine’s 2012 tear-jerker follows the story of Rudy Donatello and his partner, Paul Fleiger, as they are repeatedly thwarted in their attempts to adopt a displaced child. Donatello’s reality serves as a reminder of the multi-faceted victory of marriage equality – along with gaining the right to marriage, same sex couples are finally better able to become parents.
When Shane Crone’s partner Tom dies after a six year relationship, Crone is devastated. Barred from his partner’s funeral by Tom’s family, Crone is left with no legal discourse. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality, people like Shane Crone will never have to worry about being unable to control their partner’s post mortem affairs, and will not be denied the right to mourn their loved ones.
Honorable Mention: Grace and Frankie
Marriage equality isn’t just for young queer people, it’s for all same sex couples. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin come together in this rousing comedy to shine a light on life after a long term partner’s coming out.
*Appeared at the 2014 Appalachian Queer Film Festival