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The Story Behind the Case - Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement

Thursday, October 10, 2013 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court invalidated §3 of the DOMA in United States v. Windsor, which defined marriage for federal purposes as between a man and a woman.  Join the Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section to see the personal story behind that case in the film, Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2010).

More on the featured film.....In the closeted 1960s, two young women met and fell in love and so began the extraordinary tale of Edie and Thea, whose engagement to each other would span more than forty years. Directors Susan Muska and Gréta Ólafsdóttir present a lovingly crafted documentary in which Edie and Thea recount how their improbable romance ignited a lifelong journey around the world and through history. Though touched by events like the civil rights movement and the Stonewall riots, Edie and Thea's relationship transcends politics and is a shining example of love's ability to endure. Ultimately, in their 70s, with Thea's health in rapid decline, the two seize the opportunity to fulfill their dream of getting married. The film captures their inspiring journey to Toronto and Thea's last trip on a plane where the lovers are finally able to make their vows. Told with candor, wit, and great affection, Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement is an American love story for the ages.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mass LGBTQ Bar Association . 


Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):


  • Elizabeth A. Roberts
    • Roberts & Sauer LLP
  • Nan Marie Sauer
    • Roberts & Sauer LLP



Jennifer Jones


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