By issuing same-sex marriage licenses in 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom uproots the status quo, attempts to change the way the United States of America looks at life, love, and marriage, and ignites what may become our nation’s next great civil rights issue.
“A must-see documentary for anyone interested in marriage equalityand the larger issue of civil rights in America today.”
PURSUIT OF EQUALITY is an emotionally charged film that puts a face on American citizens who strive for marriage equality.
From the first frame of the film, even before the press is aware, this film crew is with Mayor Gavin Newsom’s senior staff as the nation’s first same-sex couple exchange their vows and ignite the most controversial civil rights debate in recent history. The story continues on the streets, in the courtrooms, and on the steps of City Hall, where same-sex couples clash with church groups who declare that who they are and how they love is a sin.
“…a moving document that put a human face on committed gay and lesbian couples who sought – and are still seeking – equal treatment under the laws of the state and nation.”
-Kinsey Lowe, LA TIMES
In life-changing moments, this film focuses on the compelling human rights struggles surrounding same-sex marriage and captures the elation and despair of couples and families who are fighting for equal rights. The film crew’s exclusive access to the Mayor during the most crucial of times provides a telling ‘fly-on-the wall’ view as this historic event unfolds.
Runtime: 78 minutes
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Geoff Callan: Director/Producer
As a 5th generation San Franciscan, Geoff has over 18 years of experience in the film & television industry.
Mike Shaw: Director/Editor
Since 1993 Mike has been producing and directing cutting edge projects that continue to captivate audiences across the country.