Archives

Yield: Love conquers everything; let us too, yield to love

This is the second in a series of videos by Mimi Schiffman:

Meet North Carolina family: Kim, Kathy, Ben, Jamie and Justin, and listen as they put into words what’s at stake behind North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One.

“I mean, you can term it whatever you want,” said Kathy Sullivan. “But you really cannot look at these relationships and determine they are anything but family.”

The proposed constitutional amendment, which reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state,” could potentially invalidate adoptions by same-gender parents across the state.

Production: Mimi Schiffman
Music: “Viandanze,” Fabrizio Paterlini

Mimi Schiffman is a photographer, videographer and multimedia producer pursuing a master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This work is a part of a documentary project she is producing on marriage equality for her thesis. The work is being released in the lead-up to the 2012 North Carolina primaries where voters will be asked to decide on a constitutional amendment which could render many established same-gender couples and their families legal strangers in the eyes of the law.

Mimi’s work is being posted on Huffington Post.

“Going Forward” was filmed in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Uncategorized

The law firm hired to defend a federal law defining marriage as only being between heterosexual couples stepped away from the job today, in a move seen as a victory for gay rights supporters.

The King and Spalding law firm had been hired to defend the “Defense of Marriage Act,” Congress’ attempt to block gay marriage by defining marriage as unions between men and women.

Now, the firm was withdrawn amid criticism that taking on the case would reflect badly on the firm and make it difficult to hire top legal talent in the future, according to the New York Times.

The outside counsel was necessary for House Speaker John Boehner after several judges ruled the law unconstitutional, and the federal justice department under U.S. Attorney Eric Holder said it wouldn’t defend the law any longer.

Note: An earlier version of this post said the firm cited criticism as a reason for leaving. Officially, the firm said the decision to take on the case hadn’t gone through the proper channels. Apologies for any confusion.