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To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor
A documentary by Donna Zaccaro

63 minutes, color, 2018

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Synopsis

To a More Perfect Union tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles two unlikely heroes, octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax bill upon the death of her spouse because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples...and Edie's spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this lack of recognition of her 40+ year relationship, Edie sued the United States government - and won, making U.S. v. Windsor the pivotal case in the marriage equality movement.

Windsor and Kaplan's legal and personal journeys are told in their own words and through interviews with others, including Lillian Faderman, a leading scholar on LGBTQ history, and Evan Wolfson, who is considered the godfather of marriage equality in the US and now worldwide. Legal observers including Jeffrey Toobin from CNN and Nina Totenberg of NPR also lend their insights


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Reviews

"A wonderful film...powerful and incredible touching. It offers an intimate look at Windsor as a gay rights pioneer, and its correlation with the Stonewall Riots, the AIDS crisis, the Defense of Marriage Act and other staples of LGBTQ history." - CLEVELAND SCENE

"This moving documentary establishes both the historical and emotional context for a landmark Supreme Court decision. The film explores the powerful experience of gay rights pioneer - and vivacious personality - Edie Windsor and her fight to be recognized legally as the wife of her decades-long partner. The film reminds us that there are individual human experiences behind the legal decisions that impact an entire country." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Heartfelt...eloquent...beautifully told. A must-see." - GAY STAR NEWS

"A vivid and triumphant tale." - GAY CITY NEWS


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