The Freedom To Marry

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY is an intimate and epic documentary which goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the inner workings and key players of this historic civil rights struggle. This is a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson, the man known as architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, and their key colleagues as they wage their climactic battle before the United States Supreme Court, providing fresh perspective on the movement's history along the way. This is a primer for social change, and an inspirational tale of how people can actually make a difference.
Eddie Rosenstein
Evan Wolfson, Mary Bonauto, April Deboer, Jayne Rowse
Screening Date: 
Feb 11, 2017
Eyepop Productions
Running Time: 
86 mins
Average: 5 (1 vote)
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“Excellent Film. Thank you!”
“Amazing! Serious, moving, uplifting and elegant statement about what is right and how to achieve it!”
“Even and well presented. Amazing that women couldn’t vote until 1920 and it took until 2015 for the right to marry. Love and rights are to be equal for all.”
“What a careful, thoughtful presentation of a difficult topic, one that clearly tests primal feelings. Tolerance please!!!
“I could not have been more in support of this subject before seeing the film. But to understand indeed to feel what it took to make this change happen and to get insight into the dedication and character of Evan, Mary and all behind this was so compelling and inspiring. I will tell 10 people and give my support to the filmmaker. Just wish he could do a film about how to change America to get freedom from Trump. Thanks!” Jeanne K
“Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Great editing really created a sense of suspense when we know the outcome. Evan Wolfson and Solomon are really amazing people! Mary Bonnauto captures the viewer’s allegiance so quietly. The tensions between the opposers of gay marriage is so unnerving. I love that mother of one gay son and one straight son who is willing to share her sudden awareness.”
“Wonderful film. Please Evan, come back and take on a new mantle of human rights against Trump!”
“This is an important film, especially right now.”
“A must see, even by Trump. How a battle is fought and won in the trenches. Very poignant, much can be learned and used in current and future legal battles.”
“Well made, but technically it seemed too long and repetitive.”
“Please get this into schools. It is education that can change public opinion away from intolerance, unfounded fears and hatred. And as the movie says, change public opinion and you can affect the supreme court.”

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