The Bridegroom, a gay marriage doc which received a passionate introduction by former President Bill Clinton before its premiere last Tuesday at the 12th annual Tribeca Film Fest, won the fest’s nonfiction Audience Award Saturday.
Clinton said he was moved by the film, which looks at the relationship of Shane Bitney Crone and his boyfriend Tom Bridegroom as well as the tragic aftermath that followed Bridegroom’s sudden death, with Crone being banned from the funeral by his boyfriend’s family.
“This is really on one level a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating and life affirming story and on another level it’s a story about our nation’s struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance,” Clinton said while introducing the film.
It’s the latest mea culpa of sorts for Clinton, who signed DOMA during his presidency but has suddenly become a vocal ally for LGBT equality. Last weekend in Los Angeles, Clinton was given the inaugural “Advocate for Change” award at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards.