Tragedy and triumph course through Church & State, a new documentary that recounts Utah's harrowing battle for same-sex marriage, one the LGBTQ community finally won in 2014. It may seem belated for the film to emerge now -- our national right to marry came almost exactly one year after Utah etched it into law -- but it serves as a necessary reminder of how hard queer Americans fought for this milestone, especially those living under the stranglehold of the Mormon church.
The movie's title speaks to the challenge faced by Utah's religious right, which both emboldens and enrages the liberal viewer: If God is your main defense in opposing marriage equality, but you can't say that in court, what ammo are you left with? As resistance figures like activist Mark Lawrence discovered, the answer is a whole lot of dogged bigotry, and Church & State shows that extinguishing it has been the key to igniting countrywide change.
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