Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections

Crossing the Threshold: Lesbians on Marriage



Crossing the Threshold: Lesbians on Marriage


Gay couples
Lesbian couples
Lesbian couples--United States
Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage--United States


This segment shows interviews with several members of the lesbian community, including a lesbian couple, a lesbian lawyer, and a mother of a lesbian, discussing the possibility of gay marriage. Themes discussed include the ways that legal marriage can or can not legitimize gay relationships; the presence or absence of gay people’s desire to get married; legal protections that marriage can provide; whether or not it would encourage parents to accept gay children; alternatives to gay marriage including domestic partnerships and second parent adoptions; and imaginings of what a lesbian wedding ceremony would look like. Also mentioned around 1:30 is the mass wedding of gay couples that took place as a demonstration on the lawn of the Lincoln Memorial on April 25,1993. This event was part of the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.


Copyright Dyke TV: Linda Chapman, Mary Patierno, Ana Maria Simo. Tapes and digital files held by the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Tapes reproduced with permission from the copyright holders.


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“Crossing the Threshold: Lesbians on Marriage,” Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections, accessed April 22, 2024, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/items/show/811.