“The State of Marriage,” which follows the long struggle of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders’ Mary Bonauto and Vermont lawyers Beth Robinson and Susan Murray to secure marriage equality for same-sex couples in the state, premieres June 18 at the Provincetown Film Festival. TOH! has an exclusive first look at the poster for the film below.
Directed by Jeff Kaufman, who co-produced with Marcia Ross (among many women who were key to getting the film made) “The State of Marriage” traces the trio’s pioneering work—against powerful, vocal opposition—across two decades. In 1999, after a landmark decision by the State Supreme Court, Vermont became the first state to recognize legal rights for same-sex couples; in 2009, the state became the first to legalize marriage equality by legislative vote.
Their grassroots campaign is considered instrumental in the broader movement-building that’s seen same-sex marriage become legal in 37 states and Washington, D.C. in little more than ten years: as Human Rights Campaign national field director Marty Rouse is quoted on the film’s poster, Robinson, Murray, and Bonauto “really changed American history.”
The film, which also includes appearances by Freedom to Marry founder Evan
Wolfson, Rep. John Lewis, and Tony-winning
playwright Terrence McNally, premieres as opponents and advocates of same-sex marriage await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in another landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which is expected later this month.