Saturday, May 17, 2014

Must-See Gay Marriage Short Film


Today May 17, 2014 we celebrate a momentous event in Massachusetts’ long & proud history. Ten years ago gay & lesbian couples were allowed to marry for the first time in Massachusetts & in the United States. I shot this historic film in 2004 covering the protests both pro & con on the steps of the State House to Cambridge City Hall at the stroke of midnight documenting the first couples in the country to receive a marriage licenses. Then we shot the first gay & lesbian couples marrying at Boston City Hall. It was a joyous occasion & history in the making. Over the past ten years we’ve made remarkable progress toward LGBT equality. Nearly half the country now lives in states that allow gay & lesbian couples to wed. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has been repealed & DOMA was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now many LGBT families are raising their kids with amazing federal & state rights & protections. Arline Isaacson, Co-Chair of Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus & one of the architects of gay marriage narrated this fast-moving short. In reflection Isaacson stated, “People needed to see that nothing bad happened when we got married & furthermore that many good things in fact happened. It was only after the first weddings took place & after former governor Mitt Romney, a gay-marriage opponent, left office & that political leaders & voters alike embraced the rights of gays to marry. It wasn’t scary anymore.”
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