Pursuit of Equality

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Pursuit of Equality
Pursuit of Equality poster.jpg
Directed by Geoff Callan
Mike Shaw
Produced by Geoff Callan]
Starring Gavin Newsom
George W. Bush
Rosie O'Donnell
Music by John DeBorde
Cinematography Geoff Callan
Mike Shaw
Edited by Mike Shaw
Release date
  • April 24, 2005 (2005-04-24) (San Francisco International Film Festival)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Pursuit of Equality is a 2005 documentary film directed by Geoff Callan and Mike Shaw, about the struggle of same-sex couples for marriage equality in the United States. Its focus is mostly on the same-sex marriages performed in San Francisco from February 12 to March 11, 2004.

A major fundraising event for Equality California was also inspired by, and named after, the film. Director Geoff Callan, along with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and philanthropists Christopher Bently and Wilkes Bashford, hosted a wedding celebration titled The Pursuit of Equality in order to increase public awareness of this issue before the November 4th vote on California Proposition 8.


By issuing same-sex marriage licenses, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom uproots the status quo, attempts to change the way the nation looks at life, love, and marriage.

From the first frame of the film, even before the press is aware, this film crew is with Mayor Gavin Newsom’s senior staff as the nation’s first same-sex couple exchange their vows and ignite a controversial civil rights topic.

The story continues on the streets, in the courtrooms, and on the steps of City Hall, where same-sex couples clash with church groups who declare that their sexual and romantic desires are sinful.

The film focuses on the compelling, human rights struggles surrounding same-sex marriage and captures the elation and despair of couples and families who are fighting for equal rights.

This film made the independent film festival circuit, winning multiple awards, and is scheduled for a wider release in the United States in 2008.



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  2. ^ "Chad Allen to Receive Davidson/Valentini Award; Chelsea Handler to Host 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by IBM in San Francisco". GLAAD. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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