Honoring Vermont’s Marriage Equality Leadership
Since 1995, when Beth Robinson and Susan Murray co-founded The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, Vermont has been at the forefront of the marriage equality movement. When people look back at the history of marriage equality in the U.S., the dedication and persistence of Vermonters who believed that same-sex couples are worthy of full citizenship will continue to shine through. The history of marriage equality is also our shared stories, ones we all want to pass on to future generations.
This history, and Vermont’s enormous role in it, is in the process of being chronicled in THE STATE OF MARRIAGE, a documentary that, in the words of its filmmaker, Jeff Kaufman, “will pay tribute to the people and hard work of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force … and be part of a campaign to advance this work around the country.” The filmmaker has extensive television and documentary experience, and the national non-profit sponsors of the documentary include GLAAD, Freedom to Marry (the national organization), and Amnesty International.
THE STATE OF MARRIAGE will incorporate rare photos and videos from the early days of the Vermont movement through the landmark Baker v. Vermont case, the divisive battle over civil unions, and the quest for marriage that culminated in 2009, when Vermont became the first state to successfully legislate marriage equality.
The film also brings together poignant and illuminating perspectives from those at the center of this civil rights story, including footage of Beth Robinson and Susan Murray, Mary Bonauto, Bill Lippert and other courageous legislators such as John Edwards and Marion Milne, former Governor Howard Dean, and the plaintiff couples--Holly and Lois, Stacy and Nina, Stan and Peter--who, as Beth Robinson says in the preview clip, really stepped up to put a face on the issue. Opponents of equality from within and beyond Vermont are also given voice, reminding us of all we were up against.
WATCH THE PREVIEW
Throughout the ongoing movement towards marriage equality, the eyes of the nation have been on Vermont, and we have much to be proud of, as you’ll see in the compelling nine-minute preview of the film.
Jeff Kaufman and his crew are planning to return to Vermont in mid-November to continue filming and continue the fight for equality. If you’re interested in lending tax-deductible support to help bring this documentary to light, click on the link for more information.
Or, e-mail the filmmakers to learn about more support opportunities: email@example.com