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LAist Movie Review: Saving Marriage

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Sorry, lady in the red hat. You've got two dudes on your poster and you're still outmanned. | Photo courtesy Regent Releasing.

As the November polls creep ever closer, it's easy to feel bombarded by the expanse of propositions and measures that extend well beyond the campaigns for the presidency. Transit measures and traffic congestion and veterans' rights all get equal space on the ballot. There is one proposition, however, that stands out as perhaps the most contentious throughout the great Golden State: Prop 8. Unless you live in some type of Inland Empire bomb shelter, you probably know that Proposition 8 is an amendment to the California Constitution that seeks to define marriage as only between one man and one woman, thus eliminating the marriage freedoms that all same-sex couples currently enjoy.

Stop me if you've heard this one before.

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Oh, you have? I'm not surprised, considering the exact same scenario unfolded in Massachusetts in 2003. As it happens, those hardscrabble Massholes were actually the first state in the union to allow same-sex couples to full and equal right to marry. While it was ultimately a moral and civil rights victory, the emotional tolls were often heavy, but the penalty for failure was always too much to bear. And this sense of desperation, of moral manifest destiny, and of a struggle for equality in the face of social norms and religious views, combine to define the unashamedly pro-same-sex-marriage documentary Saving Marriage.