Our Rating: ★★★½☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Focuses on the negative impact when gay and lesbian couples are not able to marry and one partner passes away.
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Year: 2004
Duration: 81 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Jim de Seve
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Starring: Bob Barr, Mary Bonauto, Brian Brown, Martin Bubbly, Rev. Pat Bumgardner, George W. Bush, Charles Canady, Daniel Castillo, Jane E. Castor, Bill Clinton, Jeff Cook, Francis Ford Coppola, James C. Dobson, Karen Doering, Arthur Evans

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Tying the KnotThere have been several documentaries on the issue of same sex marriage in the US in the last few years. This one stands out emotionally with its focus on the negative impact when gay and lesbian couples are not able to marry and one partner passes away.

These stories are framed by discussions of equality under the law, showing the similar arguments used in restrictions against interracial marriage. The history of marriage and how it has changed over thousands of years is discussed, not the static religious institution claimed by conservatives.

Mickie and Lois were both Tampa police officers who had been married in a religious ceremony ten years earlier. When Lois is killed in the line of duty, her pension goes to her relatives, rather than her partner of many years, even after Mickie sues.

Earl and Sam farmed together for 23 years in Oklahoma and raised two sons. When Earl passed away, he left the property to Sam in his will, but when the will is contested by Earl’s cousins, Sam loses on a technicality. Watching him sell off the animals is heartbreaking.

Legal marriage in Holland and Canada, as well as legal struggles in Hawaii and Massachusetts, are also covered. The film lacks some cohesiveness, but parts of it are very touching, showing the personal side to the same sex marriage issue. (AB)