New Documentary Highlights Campaign That Defeated Anti-Gay Amendment
By: Andy Birkey, UpTake Fellow
Nov. 6, 2012 marked the first time a voters of a state turned back a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign, the volunteers, the leaders, and the voters that helped Minnesota vote “no” are the subject of a new documentary called How Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Equality in Minnesota.
How Love Won takes a look inside the “Vote No” campaign led by Minnesotans United for All Families. It traces the research that led to a groundbreaking campaign that worked to change minds by connecting voters to the emotional aspects of the issue. Through interviews with campaign workers, LGBT leaders, social science experts, and same-sex couples, How Love Won paints the portrait of a powerful campaign at a unique time in history.
Public screenings for the film have not occurred yet, but on Sept. 17, donors that backed the film as well as those appearing in the film gathered for a private screening. To say the film was well received would be an understatement. The film’s director, Michael McIntee of The Uptake, received a standing ovation. The film moved many audience members to tears as it roused memories of the lows and highs of the campaign to vote ‘no.’ The Column attended the screening and interviewed McIntee about the making of the film, the historical significance of the campaign, and how the community can support getting the film into theaters.
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Note: How Love Won has not been released yet. It has been entered in several film festivals including the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in April 2016. The MSPIFF notifies film makers around February 26, 2016 if their film will be shown.
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Editors note: Andy Birkey is one of The UpTake’s Conflict Sensitive Video Journalism Fellows and wrote this story as part of his participation in the program. The fellowship is dedicated to enhancing local journalists’ ability to report on the political, social, economic, and cultural conflict that impacts the civic well being of their communities through the unique power of video journalism.