The Freedom to Marry

Dir. Eddie Rosenstein
(86 min, United States, 2016)
DC Premiere

Over the last four decades, the concept of same-sex marriage went from a ‘preposterous notion’ to the national law. The Freedom to Marry movement is now known as one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in the modern history—a victory which was carefully coordinated over decades.

The Freedom to Marry takes us on a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto, the architect and the main litigator of the movement, and key colleagues from the earliest days of their journey, to their final frenetic dash to the US Supreme Court.

Co-presented by Reel Affirmations Anti-Defamation League Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington the Foundation for Jewish Studies

  • Presented with GLOE: The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement

Sunday, May 21, 5:15 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

Wednesday, May 24, 7:15 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC


May 24 screening followed by a Q&A with film subject Marc Solomon.

Marc Solomon is a nationally recognized political strategist and campaign leader with nearly 25 years of experience in campaign management, policy development and execution, communications leadership, and field mobilization. For the last 12 years, Solomon has been one of the key architects of the marriage equality movement, having worked as National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry.  He is presently advising other advocacy movements on strategy as Principal and National Director of Civitas Public Affairs Group.

As national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, Solomon drove the marriage movement’s political strategy while managing a staff of 25 with expertise in communications, field organizing, digital media, messaging, lobbying, public engagement, and general campaign management. Solomon is a regular national media spokesperson, appearing on Meet the Press’ Press Pass and quoted frequently in national publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico.

Solomon’s 2014 book Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Public—and Won, is described by U.S. News and World Report as “a playbook for progressive causes,” was named a Best Book of 2014 by Slate which called it “the definitive political history of marriage equality.”

  • the film provides a potted history of the struggle, taking it up to the historic moment in June, 2015 when the more civil rights oriented justices, and Justice itself, prevailedVariety

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This event finished on May 25, 2017.