WATCH: Gay Marriage Documentary Introduced By Bill Clinton Wins Festival Award

bill clintonThe 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.

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  • bledoutcolor

    Oh God. I just wanna smack him. As if he had no hand in the suffering that thousands of lgbt couples face even today with DOMA. Everything that comes out of this POSis self serving and politically expedient.

    That said, Shane and Tom’s story is so heartwrenching and enraging. I wanna bitchsmack Tom’s family so hard. Maybe it’d knock some empathy into them, it amazes me how Shane can be so gracious and forgiving and ask others not to hate them for their actions, I admittedly wouldn’t he so humble. Wish I could watch the doc, but Ai somehow don’t see it playing in the local cinema in small town KY lol. Best wishes to Shane, and I I were a religious person I would offer a prayer to Tom. Such a loving and courageous couple…its sad to see their life together end how it did.

  • gppm1103

    @bledoutcolor: Tribeca and Sundance films usually only get released to small art theaters like Landmark in San Francisco. I agree, We can’t watch them in Ft Lauderdale either. I miss them though. Used to have a 10 movie pass at Landmark when I lived in SF.


    As a single dad HOMO to six, I know of many fucked up family who will do something
    like they did! get in touch with the “GAY MAFIA” they will take care of “THING”.

  • jlf115


    I couldn’t disagree more. Bill Clinton would have struggled to be re-elected with gay marriage on the forefront. Signing DOMA was inevitable and likely it would have passed over the President’s veto pen anyways… so regardless it really doesn’t matter… Get off your high horse and realize that Bill did way more for us than GHW Bush or Bob Dole would have done… Bill is a friend of gays- he was when he was President, and still is.

    DADT was a step in the right direction that allowed gays and lesbians to serve- albeit not openly, and now we have the law repealed. Thank goodness- but Bill Clinton did more for gays and lesbians than Dole ever would have done- learn your history!

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