Director Thomas G. Miller and subject Tony Sullivan in attendance
In 1975, something extraordinary happened and you may know nothing about it.
That year, in Boulder, Colorado, a courageous county clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same -sex couples after realizing there was no legal basis not to. Upon hearing this, Filipino -American Richard Adams and his Australian partner, Anthony Sullivan, hoped they had found a way to stay together. They flew to Boulder and became one of the first samesex couples in the world to legally marry.
After the wedding, Richard filed for a green card for Tony, based on their legal marriage. Soon after, however, the couple received an ugly denial letter from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Outraged by the language and politics of this letter— and in an effort to avoid Tony’s deportation—Richard and Tony sued the U.S. government. This was the first federal lawsuit seeking equal recognition for same-sex marriage in the history of the United States.
Director Thomas G. Miller’s film masterfully and comprehensively chronicles more than 40 years of the struggle for marriage equality and immigration reform in the United States through the very personal lens of Richard and Tony’s long-standing love and commitment to each other. Their hitherto unknown efforts have helped pave the way to the more equal world we live in today.
Limited Partnership: Dir Thomas G. Miller 2014 USA 74 min
Sponsored by: Bill Dickey, Charlie Frasier, & Rick Taylor
Community Partners: Asian Pacific Islander Pride; Basic Rights Oregon; Portland Queer Film Festival