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One Wedding and a Revolution

by Debra Chasnoff and Kate Stilley

The frantic planning inside city hall for the first gay marriage

(DVD also includes Celebrating the Life of Del Martin)

On February 12, 2004, the mayor of San Francisco ordered city officials to allow lesbian and gay couples to get married. Pioneering activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, celebrating their 51st anniversary, had the privilege of being the first couple to tie the knot. One Wedding and a Revolution goes behind the scenes at the mayor's office during the frantic days leading up to February 12th, and into city hall with exclusive footage of this momentous historical event. Packed with humor, compassion, and political grit, this inspiring short documentary puts a human face on the fight for marriage equality --- of those who deserve their rights and those who have the political power to make change.

One Wedding and a Revolution has won numerous documentary awards at film festivals all over the world and the new re-released 2012 DVD includes our bonus film, Celebrating the Life of Del Martin, which shares the moving memorial service for this lifelong civil rights pioneer. Legendary lesbian civil rights pioneer Del Martin passed away in 2008 and to honor her incomparable contributions, San Francisco celebrated her life with a moving civic celebration in its City Hall grand rotunda. Phyllis Lyon, her partner for over 50 years, was, of course, in attendance, along with a who's who of city's pioneering community of LGBT rights' advocates.

quoteThis fast-paced and intimate window into a crucial turning point in American politics will jumpstart any discussion about one of the most controversial issues of our times.
Patricia A. Cain, Professor of Law

quoteONE WEDDING AND A REVOLUTION charts a history no one will forget. It brilliantly captures one of the most important moments in our civil rights struggle with two icons of our movement as its stars.
Kate Kendell, Executive Director

quoteA polished, intimate look at the first San Francisco gay wedding between lesbian-rights pioneers Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon - [Chasnoff focuses] on back story, recounting the political forces that led to the wedding.
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

quoteHighly recommended...

provides unique, eye-witness documentation of this important moment in U.S. history, and genuine insight into the rationale behind Mayor Newsom's contentious decision. This film succeeds at attaching human faces to an issue that is most commonly viewed through the lens of political rhetoric.

Dawn Eckenrode
Educational Media Reviews Online
full review

quoteWatch history in the making. Rarely does one get a front row seat to such a historic event. A well-made documentary that tells a great story.
Kathy Belge
Lesbian Life --
full review


  • Best Short Documentary, Fire Island Film and Video Festival
  • Best Advocacy Film, San Francisco State University Womens Film Festival
  • Best Womens Short, Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Best Documentary, Santa Barbara Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Best Short Film, Santa Barbara Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award, Spokane Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award, Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Best Short Fresno Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Audience Favorite, Best Short, Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival

Resource Web Sites

appleNational Center for Lesbian Rights

ONE WEDDING AND A REVOLUTION was produced in association with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal resource center with a primary commitment to advancing the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.


The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

appleMarriage Equality USA

Through education, media campaigns and partnerships, Marriage Equality USA aims to secure the freedom and right of same-sex couples to enter a legally-recognized civil marriage, having all the federal and state benefits and responsibilities which that entails.

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Appropriate for: Middle School High School College/University

Special Features:

New re-released 2012 DVD includes:

• One Wedding and a Revolution (running time 20 minutes)

• Celebrating the Life of Del Martin (running time 58 minutes)

• Del and Phyllis' SECOND wedding ceremony, in 2008, after California legalized same-sex marriage

• Interview with the director

• Interactive timeline of Del Martin's activism and life

• Closed Captioning

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