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Showtime's new documentary, "Same Sex
America,' offers an inspiring look at the fight
for equal marriage rights in Massachusetts.
Here comes the pride
DURING JUNE, WITH ALL THE PRIDE
celebrations, rallies and parties, it's easy
to get swept up in the joy and forget that
there are still plenty of people who
oppose our fight for civil rights.
On the flip side, with those increasingly vocal and powerful anti-gay activists
spearheading the passage of constitutional amendments barring same-sex unions,
it would be easy to forget that the fight
for equal marriage rights might one day
Into this storm of opposing viewpoints
strolls "Same Sex America," a new documentary that premieres on Showtime
Monday, June 27, at 8 p.m. This film,
which got its debut at the Tribeca Film
Festival in April, does a great job balancing both sides while looking at the state
of same-sex marriage rights in
Yes, I know what you're thinking: not
another documentary about same-sex
marriage. But this one is probably the
best of the bunch since the
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in 2004.
EQUAL PARTS CIVICS EXERCISE AND
human interest, directors Henry Corra
and Charlene Rule follow the action up
until the court-appointed deadline, on
May 17,2004, when the state had to start
issuing marriage certificates to same-sex
couples. The documentary also looks at
the lives of gay and lesbian couples who
planned to say "I do" once the state granted them the right to do so.
Along with controversial topics, there
are always activists, lobbyists, orators
and champions on both sides of the issue,
and all of those get their due in discussing this topic.
The most amazing feat in this film is the
balance Corra and Rule offer both sides,
while also showing gay couples living and
loving with their families. Second on the
list of accomplishments is making the
many votes, laws, decisions, referenda and
stipulations involved in this case seem
easy to understand for most any viewer.
But all that bland political mess is balanced out with the raw emotion of the
citizens at the statehouse. The directors
intersperse anti-gay activists singing
hymns with gay activists shouting slogans and conservative lobbyists' frustration with gay couples' elation.
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"Same Sex America'
Monday, June 27, at 8 p.m.
Gay couple Jon and Paul Cronin-Swalboski share
their big day with all of America in 'Same Sex
America/ a new Showtime documentary that follows the fight for marriage rights in Massachusetts
and documents several couples tying the knot.
(Photo courtesy of Showtime)
And once the big day comes and goes,
the weddings begin. But the events are a
bit anti-climactic. As one gay male couple
notes while leaving their town hall holding a marriage license, "So, this little
thing is going to destroy the country?"
Whether at the county clerk's office or on
a country club lawn, it's thrilling to watch
how these couples express the love and joy
they feel when that their relationships are
officially recognized by the state. If you are
one to cry at weddings, these ceremonies are
really going to make you bawl. And, for the
record, a lesbian couple, not gay men,
throws the most lavishly fabulous ceremony
Although you might weep at the gowns
and tuxes, cakes and rings, this is still
really a story about civil rights and the
One Massachusetts lesbian, who decides
that she and her partner aren't ready to
take the plunge, says after watching other
couples do it, "It's not that we can get married. It's that the world is going to change
and it's going to get better."
Informative and uplifting, this is the
rare gay documentary that should be as
rewarding for gay viewers, who are often
already well-versed on these issues, as it
is for those who have never met a gay person before.