Watch Trailer for “Limited Partnership,” the Upcoming Documentary Film about Pioneering Gay Rights Activists, Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams, Whose Historic 1975 Marriage and Fight for a Green Card Defined the Modern Marriage Equality Movement
The upcoming documentary feature film “Limited Partnership” will have its world premiere on June 14 at the prestigious Los Angeles Film Festival. The film recounts the personal story of gay rights pioneers Anthony (Tony) Sullivan and Richard Adams, one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married in 1975. After applying for a green card based on their marriage, Tony and Richard received an official denial from the Immigration Service in a letter that stated only “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.” The couple then began a high profile, ten year legal battle, suing the Immigration Service for recognition of their marriage and became the first lawfully married same-sex couple to sue the federal government for equal treatment under U.S. Immigration law. They remained together for more than 41 years until the untimely death of Richard Adams in 2012.
“Limited Partnership” follows Richard and Tony’s 40-year struggle to stay together in the U.S., in the context of the wider history of the fight for equality by LGBT community and same-sex binational couples, from early days of the struggle right up to the historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings last year striking down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.