With marriage equality having been approved in sixteen states now, and opportunities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community on a constant rise, it’s quite easy to forget about the places where discrimination against gays still runs deep.
In golden California, it may be unheard of to “get called faggot for getting out of the car,” but in “A Mississippi Love Story,” a new short film, viewers are reminded that bigotry still exists in our nation.
Brought to you by Fisher Productions, the short film follows the eleven-year relationship of Eddie Outlaw and Justin McPherson, a gay couple that lives in one of the most conservative states in the nation, along with their journey toward a legal, California wedding (filmed earlier this fall). Lauren Cioffi serves as director and cinematographer of the film, which has yet to announce a release date.
The three-minute trailer teases a variety of clips that pertain to same-sex marriage rallying and protesting against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was legally abolished this summer. Also, the couple’s sentiment is depicted with intercepting commentary:
“I would marry Justin in a second—no ring…no ceremony,” Outlaw says with a charming, southern drawl.
“What bothers me so much about my home state, Mississippi,” McPherson says, toward the end of the trailer, “is that I’m fearful that we’re going to—once again—end up on the wrong side of history.”
And with the Magnolia State being the last to ratify the 13th amendment to end slavery just this February (it only took 148 years), that concern may very well be a valid one.