The Freedom to Marry is a documentary film directed by Eddie Rosenstein that follows the journey of the same sex marriage movement in the United States. Evan Wolfson founded the campaign “Freedom to Marry” back in 2003 with the intent to get equality for all no matter who you love.
As we all know, back in 2015 in the Supreme Court case Obergefell vs. Hodges, the court came to the consensus to guarantee same-sex couples the right to marry throughout all 50 states. This was a great victory for Wolfson and his whole team. He has been fighting this battle for a consecutive 32 years, traveling all across the country just to get people on the same page as him. He dealt with hate, threats, bullying, and many other awful things, but nothing made him stop; this is what pushed him to go further. This film takes a look at Wolfson’s battle, when he was once seen as too fringe to be taken seriously, to him leading one of America’s most successful civil rights campaign of our generation.
The Freedom to Marry was a very informative and very inspiring film. Even though the film was for gay marriage, it did include interviews of the other side’s perspective. I really enjoyed this aspect of the film; it made for a documentary rich with information.
The film also had an ability to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride. From feeling anger towards those against same-sex marriage, to being anxious when Wolfson and his team waited 5 decision days to hear the choice that the Supreme Court made, to joy once the law passed. Every scene had me feeling a different emotion and that is what kept me so engaged. Humor was another great aspect of the film and was placed in appropriate moments to ease the tension.
Overall, this film was extremely well done and I enjoyed it a lot. Although we all know what happens in the end, it was still a pleasure to see what it took in order for same-sex marriage to be approved across the entire nation. The stories that were shared will warm your heart and maybe even bring you to tears, but The Freedom to Marry should be a must-watch on everyones list.
More information on the film can be obtained from: http://freedomtomarrymovie.com/
More about Evan Wolfson’s campaign: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/