Kick-start a Discussion of Marriage Equality by Supporting the Film BRIDEGROOM

In 2011 Shane Bitney Crone experienced a tragedy. His partner, Tom Bridegroom, fell from a roof accidentally while taking photos of friends and died. Tom and Shane were going to be married when it became legal. Because they could not, Shane experienced more pain on top of his loss due to the lack of legal status for their relationship:

Despite the fact that Tom no longer considered Indiana his home and had a strained relationship with his father and had told me that he wanted to be cremated, his parents took his body back to Indiana and buried it in a plot between their own. Even though Tom called me the love of his life and his life partner, they wouldn’t let me come to his funeral. In fact, a family member called to warn me that his father and uncle planned an attack if I dared show my face. Even though I was his first love and he was mine, I was not there with him to say goodbye as he was buried. Fearing for my life, I had to ask a mutual friend to kiss the casket for me and to tell Tom, one last time, that I loved him. (source)

A year later, Shane decided to do something with his experience. He created a YouTube video called “It Could Happen to You,” which as of this writing has over 2.7 million hits. Now, Shane has the opportunity to reach an even wider audience by turing his YouTube into a documentary with the help of Linda Bloodworth-Thompson (Designing Women) and Linda Burstyn (Nightline). They have a KICKSTARTER page and hope to raise $300,000 dollars by July 19 to produce the documentary for the fall. This documentary could have the potential to change hearts and minds with upcoming gay marriage equality votes in the fall. Telling our stories is an important step in this fight.

Learn more about and donate to the documentary

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4 Responses to Kick-start a Discussion of Marriage Equality by Supporting the Film BRIDEGROOM

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  2. David says:

    I think the Bridegroom movie should present a balanced approach rather than just be a propaganda film advocating homosexual marriage. The problems Shane experienced also have been experienced by heterosexual couples. While matrimony might have helped him, other legal devices also could have helped him. The film would be better if it presented different perspectives of the situation and let the viewers contemplate the issues and make up their own mind.

    • cowboyramdc says:

      True that heterosexual couples are often frozen out of decision making as well, but heterosexual couples do have the option of marriage to help solidify their civil, legal relationship to one another. Gay people do not have access to this option; leaving their legal avenues much more shaky.

  3. davidm2575 says:

    Many countries and states have civil unions or domestic partnerships, but even among those governments that have not yet implemented these vehicles, there are many other types of legal instruments available, such as having a will, a living will, designation of health surrogate, power of attorney, etc. These are actually more powerful and easier to do than marriage. The legal avenues for homosexuals to define their trusted partners are NOT more difficult simply because marriage defines a relationship between a man and a woman.

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