With the anniversary of same-sex marriage legalization approaching on June 26, a new documentary, The Freedom to Marry, is highlighting the work that went into achieving nationwide equality. Led by Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson and attorney Mary Bonauto, the trailblazing civil rights movement was one of history’s most successful, though the road to justice was still met with tremendous resistance.
Evan Wolfson at Tel Aviv Gay Pride
“I actually hope this film will be seen by lots of young people here in the U.S and around the world, because I think it says you can make a difference,” Evan Wolfson says. “It says your voice matters. There are ways to really make the world better, and we need you. I think young people are a key part of how we achieve change, and there is plenty of change needed in the United States and around the world.”
It’s important for young people to see where the queer community came from.
That’s exactly right, and that change just doesn’t happen by itself. It’s neither impossible or inevitable. It takes work. It’s belief. It takes trust that others will rise if we engage them. I think young people played an important role in our winning the freedom to marry. And with our country so on [the] wrong track and with so many challenges around the world, there are plenty of opportunities for people to get engaged. This film is a good way to start.