The Freedom to Marry

 

Philadelphia Premiere
Date:
Monday, November 14
Time:
7:30 PM
Location: 
International House

Director: Eddie Rosenstein
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 86 min
Language: English

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For Evan Wolfson, it has always been about standing on the right side of history. Having begun advocating for LGBT rights at Harvard Law School, where he wrote his thesis on the subject of marriage equality, Wolfson has devoted his entire career to serving the LGBT community and its collective aspiration to legally wed. In 2003, he created the Freedom to Marry Foundation, where he and his team of activist pioneers have spent over a decade fighting to eradicate the traditional model for marital union state by state.

In this profoundly moving film, Director Eddie Rosenstein traces the history of the marriage equality movement to the peak moment when Mary Bonauto, an American lawyer and civil rights advocate, stood before the Supreme Court and fought on behalf of every person’s right to love whom he or she chooses. Charged with emotion, these first-hand accounts of Bonauto and Wolfson learning of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in June of 2015 remain just as poignant a year later.

Guest Moderator: Tiffany L. Palmer, Founder and Shareholder in Jerner & Palmer

Guest Speakers: Helen E. Casale, Vice-Chair of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness; Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director of Equality Forum; and Eddie Rosenstein, Director of film (with his Philadelphia filmmaking team, Stephen Gifford and Rick Sebeck)

Sponsor: Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation

Subjects: America, equality, happiness, human rights, justice, LGBT advocacy, law, love, marriage, oppression, Supreme Court

For Fans Of: Court cases, democracy, equality, freedom, human rights, LGBT rights, law movies, love stories

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