July 17, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
I find it unbelievable that the U.S. continues to debate over marriage. Don’t get me wrong, there are some political issues that should forever remain the subject of discussion and debate – freedom vs. security, the role of government in citizens’ lives, our defensive and offensive interactions with other countries – all of those things have strong foundations for either position; disagreement there is natural, and a prolonged discussion is healthy and maybe even productive. But, equality? Basic equal rights for legal citizens? Can there really still be a debate about whether or not we treat people as people, or at lease U.S. citizens like U.S. citizens?
I’ve honestly yet to find a compelling case in opposition to homosexual marriage. Maybe I haven’t looked hard enough, but everything I’ve heard in passing has been shamefully absurd. It’s degrading just entertain a “defense of the sanctity of marriage” – it’s a nonsense argument with no legal basis. And yet…here we are in 2012, in America, still grappling with a question discrimination vs. equal rights.
Today’s project is righteous ammunition in defense of freedom, equality, and the true American way.
Bridegroom is the true story of a same-sex couple put through the trials of American life for same-sex couples – one filled with discrimination and exclusion – brought to an even higher degree after tragedy halts the relationship, and society tries to destroy it forever.
BRIDEGROOM, will tell the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship – a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.
I have no doubt that, in time, after a shamefully long period of needless, senseless struggle, America will embrace equality for its people, black, white, brown, grey, male, female, rich, poor, old, young, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslin, Hindu, non-theistic and everyone in between. These things aren’t opposites, they’re parallels. One isn’t above another, and nobody is entitled to special treatment. I believe that in 50 years, we’ll look back and wonder how and why we allowed this “debate” to continue for so long to limit the fundamental laws that America proclaimed to embrace from its outset. But in order to reach that better world where we can look back on inequality as an outdated notion, and allow today’s open wound to heal to a scar we’ll carry mindfully throughout our future, we need to begin the healing process. Not to beat this metaphor to death, but I want to help empower America’s immune system – the system capable of ending the illness of discrimination, unfairness and inequality – by helping this film share the truth by putting the symptoms of this plague on display and asking for a cure. Back the film before July 19 and be part of that cure.