Married and Counting, a documentary about a gay couple who wed in eight states, premieres this month in New York City.
Narrated by openly gay actor George Takei and starring Pat Dwyer and Stephen Mosher, Married and Counting follows the couple on their journey to get married in every state where it was legal at the time.
Viewers will bear witness to the personal struggles and political battles of the couple as they make use of planes, trains and automobiles loved ones and make their way to Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Washington D.C., Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York to demonstrate their love before the eyes of the government, their loved ones, and now the world.
The documentary comes at a crucial point in the US marriage equality debate as the Supreme Court just heard oral argument on Prop 8, California’s anti-gay marriage legislation and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court’s ruling, expected in June, could lead to same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide in the US.
Married and Counting director Allan Piper spoke to GSN about the film’s timing and resonance.
Piper said: ‘No matter how the Supreme Court rules, the debate over equality will continue for a long time. But I like knowing that eventually, people will look back at a film like Married & Counting and the only shocking thing about it will be that anyone ever could have been shocked by Pat and Stephen’s marriage’.
The film has been rewarded with festival awards and critical praise. Married and Counting is hailed by Time magazine as ‘equal parts love story and political protest’ and called ‘one of the most relevant, heart-felt and timely documentaries of the year… a brilliant gem’ by the Huffington Post.
Mosher told GSN: ‘While getting married all those times and making the movie Married and Counting were the adventure of a lifetime, I find it sad that this issue is still a debate in 2013.
‘Although our film is ostensibly about love, it is not about the love between Pat and Me; It is about the love within our LGBT family and all people, gay or straight, American or otherwise, who recognize the importance of equal rights’.
Dwyer added: ‘Married and Counting has been the adventure of a lifetime… many lifetimes with many weddings’.
Married and Counting, which debuts on the couple’s 27th anniversary, will be showing at the Quad Cinema in New York City at 24 West 13th Street in New York City.
Visit movietickets.com for showtimes and tickets , and be sure to check out the trailer for Married and Counting.