Pursuit of Equality (2005)

Pursuit of Equality




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Just 35 days into office, San Francisco's newly elected Mayor Gavin Newsom, with his strong belief that all people should be treated on a non-discriminatory manner, launched the new civil rights movement of the millennium.On February 12, 2004, at 11:06 a.m., following the orders of the mayor, San Francisco's Assessor-Recorder Mabel Teng presided over the marriage of two icons of the lesbian movement, Del Martin, 83, and Phyllis Lyon, 79. By inserting the words "applicant one" and "applicant two" … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Special Interest

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"Pursuit of Equality" is an emotionally resonant documentary about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples for a short time, starting in February 2004, making a rare courageous stand for a politician.(Admittedly, his political career has not suffered as a result.) As he found out, the change to the forms came rather easily. So, if a single step can start a journey, then this is proof again that a single defiant act can kickstart a movement. The documentary does a great job of detailing these momentous events in human terms, explaining vividly why this is so important to so many people and casting the struggle as part of a larger ongoing civil rights movement.

The opponents who mostly hide behind religion are allowed their say even if some are simply pure bigots. What I want to know is what does one person's love for another have anything to do with curtailing your religious beliefs? And while the Founding Fathers may not have been in favor of gay marriage and universal healthcare, they were definitely in favor of slavery.

Walter M.

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