About the Film
“Church & State” is the improbable story of a brash, inexperienced gay activist and a tiny Salt Lake City law firm that joined forces to topple Utah’s gay marriage ban.
The film’s ride on the bumpy road to equality in Utah offers a glimpse at the Mormon church’s influence in state politics and the squabbles inside the gay community that nearly derailed a chance to make history. “Church & State” is a story of triumph, setback and a little-known lawsuit that should have failed, but instead paved the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay unions nationwide.
Post-film panel discussion with: Director Holly Tuckett, James Huntsman – Producer, Jennifer Dobner – Story Consultant, Torben Bernhard – Editor, Mark Lawrence – activist who started the case, lawyer Peggy Tomsic and her wife Cindy Bateman, Kody Partridge & Laurie Wood – Plaintiffs and Kate Call – plaintiff.