March On - the Movie
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Ami, Frances and Ruby

Ami, Frances and Ruby

Ami and Ruby and their beautiful daughter Frances set out to prove just how ridiculous it is to be married in one state, but not another. So, on September 30, 2009, they embarked on a road trip to visit every state in which theirs is recognized. Along the way they documented their trip and discussed the current events in the fight for same sex marriage on their Web site, AreWeMarried.Com. During this journey the family met up with the March On crew at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. where at the time, they were not legally married.

Kerri and Erin

Kerri and Erin © Liz Caruana Photography

Kerri and Erin met on the dance floor of a popular club in the Castro district of San Francisco, the day after Thanksgiving 2006. It was love at first sight. Kerri proposed on February 29, 2008. In May of that year, the California Supreme Court made it legal for same-sex couples to be married. Their desired wedding date of 10/10/10 was moved up to 10/10/08. They were married at San Francisco City Hall by Mayor Gavin Newsom. Erin's first grade class was waiting on the steps outside after the ceremony to shower the happy couple with rose petals and bubbles.

Michael and Robert

Michael and Robert

Michael and Robert have been together for 32 years. They were joined in a Commitment Ceremony in 1979 and were officially married in 2003 in Niagara Falls, Canada. One week after their marriage was publicly announced in their local media, they were asked to leave their Roman Catholic Church choir after 20 years of service. But, as fearless advocates for marriage equality, Michael and Robert found a new spiritual home and continued to fight by becoming plaintiffs in a marriage recognition case (Godfrey v Spano) in New York State. The couple came to the National Equality March in Washington D.C to march for marriage and to march for love.

Omar

Omar

Omar, born the son of immigrant parents, was raised in Arizona. He was a member of the U.S. Navy for nearly 5 years where he served honorably and received many awards. After years of committed service, he was discharged under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Omar now lives with his partner Jack in Austin, Texas, who is also former military, where they go to school, work as activists, and plan on opening a restaurant.



Zoe

Zoe

Zoe radiates kindness, love and compassion. Her commitment to all facets of equal rights is unflappable and her contribution to the advancement of womens rights is undeniable. Zoe was one of seven women who, in an act of conscience, fasted for 37 days to support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Zoe supported Civil Rights in the 60s, lesbian rights and CA Prop 6 in the 70s, and feminism in the 80s. Marching on Pennsylvania Ave for LGBT rights on October 11, 2009 was just another pilgrimage on her path. On any given day you can hear her say, I have been straight, gay, lesbian and bi; I have had an abortion and fasted for the ERA. I hang out at the intersection of feminism and equality. For me, there is no place else to be.