‘Limited Partnership’ airs tonight on Channel 13

limited_partnershipLimited Partnership, the story of a gay couple that married in Boulder, Colo., in 1975, airs tonight as part of the Independent Lens series at 10 p.m. on PBS, Channel 13.

Although we think of the fight for marriage equality as beginning in the 1990s, the movement for equal rights through marriage recognition actually began two decades earlier.

The couple profiled in the film began their fight to get one of the partners a green card since the early 70s. A county clerk in Boulder found that at the time, the Colorado Constitution didn’t ban her from issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple, so she did.

Once the couple applied for a green card, the U.S. government rejected the application and an Immigration Department flunky wrote, “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.”

The couple spent decades living out of legal status and the film traces the story through last year.

It’s very well done and you’ll shed a tear for this couple who can’t live apart even though the U.S. government is determined to separate them.

—  David Taffet

‘We have did what was right for Arizona’

Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona is up for re-election this fall. Brewer, a Republican, took over for Janet Napolitano in 2008 when Napolitano became secretary of Homeland Security. Brewer is best known for supporting and signing that state’s new anti-immigration law.

While we don’t usually highlight politics in other states unless it’s LGBT-related, but this one-minute video is really very funny. Or embarrassing. But how else could it turn out when you start by saying “It’s  great to be here with Larry, Barry and Carrie … I have … shit … done so much …”

—  David Taffet