"Love Free or Die" profiles Gene Robinson, who in 2003 became the first openly gay man in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination. His consecration--to which he wore a bulletproof vest due to death threats--was both celebrated and scorned, opening up thought-provoking questions about the relationship between religion and civil rights, faith and sexual identity.
The film grapples with the often difficult interaction between Bishop Robinson's love for God and love for his husband, Mark. It follows Bishop Robinson from small-town New Hampshire churches to the Lincoln Memorial to London's Lambeth Palace for a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Along the way, Bishop Robinson challenges people of faith to stand up for LGBT and marriage equality.
"Love Free or Die" and the community discussion afterwards is part of Vermont Public Television's Community Cinema Series.
The event is FREE and, with the Supreme Court due to make decisions in two landmark marriage equality cases before the end of June, it's a great time to join together as a community to discuss the important issues raised by the film and Bishop Robinson's work.
For details, visit the FlynnSpace event page.
Watch the Film Trailer here.