TrustMovies was going to begin his review of this new documentary by stating that gays and lesbians coming of age now and in the years to come may all too easily take for granted the right to marry whom they choose, without being fully aware of the long and arduous fight for marriage equality for the GLBT set. But now that Donald Trump, together with the vile Republican establishment, has taken control of our country, I wonder if anyone can count on much of anything anymore -- from gay rights and black lives mattering to health care, Medicare or Social Security, not to mention the environment, climate change and any kind of productive life as we've so far known or lived it.
THE FREEDOM TO MARRY, directed by Eddie Rosenstein (pictured at right) and detailing the work of several of the more important personalities that finally helped bring gay and lesbian marriage into the realm of the legal and pretty much mainstream, becomes a pleasant enough but decidedly mixed-emotions experience.
Rosenstein concentrates especially on the work of Evan Wolfson (center, left, below), who is certainly one hero of this challenging endeavor. We learn something of Wolfson's history, his very supportive family, why he chose this particular fight and especially how he goes about planning to wage it.
Mary Bonauto (center right, above), who teams with Wolfson and eventually argues the case for marriage equality before our Supreme Court. The third party involved, about whom we learn a good deal, is Marc Solomon (below, left), whose work and support also becomes game-changing.
Loving, which detailed the fight for inter-racial marriage -- with those against that now-entrenched right parroting the same bigoted, faux-religious nonsense about how god is against it, so allowing it will be the destruction of the nation. (Look to crooked, cowardly, foolish and fraudulent Mr. Trump and his "Republicans" to bring us that.)
Eyepop Productions, Ro*Co Films and Argot Pictures, The Freedom to Marry opens this Friday, March 3, in New York City at the Village East Cinema and next Friday, March 10, in the Los Angeles area at Laemmle's Monica Film Center. To see all currently scheduled playdates, with cities and theaters listed, click here.