The Fight for Equality: 30 Years of Action

TYING THE KNOT invites the audience to a gay hippie wedding reception at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, circa 1971. Three decades later, the film shows the Metropolitan Community Church’s Rev. Pat Bumgardner face off with a NY City Clerk at the exact same office. A number of brave people are working to change the bureaucracy that is still as naive as it was in the Vietnam era. TYING THE KNOT follows the fight through the streets and courtrooms of California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Florida, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. The film also visits islands of equality that exist for same-sex relationships in Holland and Canada. This tour will help you wonder how marriage equality for gays and lesbians can possibly threaten traditional marriage.