Edie Windsor is coming soon to a theater near you.
Windsor’s court battle for recognition of her marriage to Thea Spyer is chronicled in To a More Perfect Union: United States v. Windsor, a documentary film from director Donna Zaccaro. It’s screened at several film festivals and will come to theaters nationwide June 7 through Spotlight Cinema Network’s newly former Cinelife Entertainment division.
The film will be on more than 150 screens in more than 20 major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta, Austin, Palm Springs, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.
The documentary features a wide range of people commenting on Windsor’s case, which resulted in a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages. They include Windsor’s attorney Roberta Kaplan, entertainer-activist Rosie O’Donnell, journalists Frank Rich and Nina Totenberg, LGBT activists Hilary Rosen and Richard Socarides, lawyer and marriage equality advocate Evan Wolfson, and Windsor herself.
Windsor and Spyer had been partners since the 1960s and married in Canada in 2007. When Spyer died in 2009, Windsor was hit with a $363,000 estate tax bill on her inheritance — taxes she would not have owed if the federal government had recognized the marriage. After prevailing in the Supreme Court, Windsor was dubbed the “mother of marriage equality.” She died last September at age 88.
Find more information on To a More Perfect Union here, and watch a trailer below.
H/T The Advocate