By Alex Temblador
Yes, it is true! 20th Century Fox is going to make a film about the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage! Fox recently acquired the life rights of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case, his lawyer’s life rights, Al Gerhardstein, and the movie rights to the future book that Obergefell will write on the case, 21 Years to Midnight, with the help of journalist, Debbie Cenziper.
The film will focus on Obergefell’s story and will be produced by Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. We couldn’t be any more excited for this film, just check out why!
- The legalization of same-sex marriage is now one of the (if not the) most important moments in U.S. LGBT history, and therefore it should be memorialized in film.
Not only that, but it is an important part of U.S. history that deserves to be portrayed on screen.
- It’s a love story!
Obergefell and his terminally ill partner, John Arthur, had to wed in Maryland in 2013 because same-sex marriage was not legal in their home state of Ohio. After Arthur passed away, Ohio refused to put Obergefell’s name as spouse on the death certificate, prompting Obergefell to sue Ohio which eventually led to the Supreme Court case.
Godfrey, the producer of the film, has described the movie as being a “transcendent love story about someone who goes to such a length for love that he ends up changing the world.”
Yep, we are definitely going to cry during this film!
- This film will have the ability to change the hearts and minds of Americans who don’t believe in same-sex marriage.
Films are very powerful tools. They can send messages, move people to tears, and change the hearts and minds of its viewers. Perhaps those Americans that are wary of same-sex marriage or those Americans who are against it, will have the chance to watch this film and see that those involved in the case were humans, humans who wanted the same rights that heterosexual couples were afforded. Maybe this film will do more than show history. Maybe it will help a country learn to open their hearts a bit more.
- It could help with the gay rights movement across the world.
As previously stated, films can be very powerful tools. Many countries around the world show Hollywood films in their theaters. Can you imagine a country who hasn’t legalized same-sex marriage showing this film in their theaters? If this film is done well, it could rally an entire country to legalize same-sex marriage! Or it could rally citizens to call for the decriminalization of homosexuality. This film has the ability to change the world and we hope Fox considers that when creating it.
- It will inspire us to continue forward with the LGBT rights movement.
The film is expected to be released in two years or so. By then we could have accomplished so much more for the LGBT community such as passing anti-discrimination laws for sexual orientation and gender identity across the U.S. Regardless of how much we can do in two years, we all know that the LGBT rights movement will be a long journey
This film will speak to us at a moment where we just might need it. It will bring us together and inspire us to continue fighting. It will remind us that we won once before and that we will win again.
It will show us that the work that we do, the laws we fight to change are worth it.
Equality is worth it.
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