Same-sex marriage film shown

The Community Cinema series at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center continues Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 and 13, with free screenings of Limited Partnership, a love story between Filipino- American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple fell in love and took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality. In 1975, thanks to a county clerk in Boulder, CO, Richard and Tony were one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony based on their marriage. But unlike most heterosexual married couples who easily file petitions and obtain green cards, Richard received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. To prevent Tony’s impending deportation, the couple sued the U.S. government. This became the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history.

There will be a facilitated discussion following each screening. Elizabeth Stroot and Jake Caceres Garcia from Lakeland College will lead the Tuesday and Wednesday conversations. Stroot is The Social Sciences Division Chair, and Garcia is an assistant professor of Spanish.

The film can be seen at 7 p.m., May 12, and again at 10 a.m., May 13, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan. Screenings are free and open to the public.

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