Accidental Activists

2016

Accidental Activists

Mandi Wright

American documentary film written and produced by Kathy Kieliszewski, in conjunction with the Detroit Free Press. The film follows April DeBoer and her partner Jayne Rowse, who went to court and challenged the state of Michigan’s adoption law. When the judge told them they would lose their case, he suggested they instead challenge the state’s same-sex marriage ban. They consider themselves “accidental activists,” meaning they filed lawsuits not to further a cause, but because of the way the bans affected their lives.

This case became the accelerant that would result in the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the country in June 2015

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