Fox Making Movie on Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

Jim Obergefell Supreme Court Marriage Equality
Melissa Golden for Variety

Fox 2000 is developing a movie about the plaintiff in the June 26 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage.

Fox has acquired the life rights of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that went to the court. The studio has also bought life rights to Obergefell’s attorney Al Gerhardstein.

“It’s reassuring to learn that what I was told as a child is true: One person — or two people, in our case — really can change the world,” Obergefell wrote in a guest column in Variety‘s Special Issue on marriage equality, published three days after the ruling.

The Fox 2000 division has set up the project with producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen through their Temple Hill banner. Their credits include the five “Twilight” films and “The Fault in Our Stars.”

The studio has also bought the movie rights to a book proposal by Obergefell and journalist Debbie Cenziper, to be titled “21 Years to Midnight.”

In the June 26 ruling, the Supreme Court found by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

Obergefell married John Arthur in Maryland in 2013, three months before Arthur died. The state of Ohio refused to list Obergefell as his spouse on the death certificate, so Obergefell sued.

In the  recent guest column for Variety, Obergefell recounted how he and his husband had decided to take on the state of Ohio over its same-sex marriage ban.

“We decided to stand up for our marriage and to no longer accept being treated as second-class citizens,” he said. “We filed suit against the state of Ohio to demand recognition of our lawful, out-of-state marriage on John’s impending death certificate. Our decision, motivated by pain and anger, created a chain of results I never expected. The obvious result of that decision is my trip to the United States Supreme Court as the named plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark case about the right to marry throughout our country.

“What I didn’t expect on my way to that courtroom was to discover how much our story and our fight resonated with people across the country. People stop me to say thanks, to tell me their story, to talk about a loved one, to offer condolences, or to simply hug me.”

Cenziper won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for local reporting for the Miami Herald. She currently works for the Washington Post.

The news about the movie was first reported by the New York Times.

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  1. KC says:

    This month July, I was in the same-sex marriage reenactment documentary, and it was magnificent. I’m not gay but…I believe all have the right to marry whom they love. End of story!

  2. Jack Kennedy says:

    sooo, this will be on cable like the liberace movie …… good way to lose money……..the “gay” way

    • The Truth says:

      There isn’t a single church in our country that has been forced or will be forced to marry same sex couples. Churches in the United States remain free via constitutional protections stated in the First Amendment to be tone deaf to the civil rights guaranteeing all Americans the freedom to exercise their liberty to marry and to pursue happiness via marriage. The Supreme Court ruling compels civil institutions, not religious institutions, to honor those rights.

  3. DesertEagle76 says:

    This will fail in the boxoffice and be on Crackle before the year is out…

  4. joe says:

    Looking forward to not watching this.

  5. Chili Boots says:

    Which will tank terribly at the box office, since America is neither interested in, nor in favor of, ‘it’.

  6. Rick Thunderwood says:

    Jude 1:7

  7. this is bacon says:

    Wasn’t this movie called Philadelphia?

  8. Dan Meyers says:

    That’s awesome! Theaters across the country will certainly be packed with the 1.6% of the population that identifies themselves as LGBT. That should be a major money maker and should even rival John Carter and Tomorrow land in total profit!

  9. Your Country Is Finished says:

    How about a movie regarding Amerika’s institutionalized policies of legalized torture, legalized kidnappings, legalized financial fraud, legalized war crimes, legalized massive surveillance of absolutely everyone & everything, a legalized system of privately run Prisons-For-Profit, legalized market data manipulation, legalized highway robbery (aka Civil Asset Forfeitures), legalized secret FISA courts that use legalized secret interpretations of law to issue legalized secret warrants that no one will ever know about thanks to legalized secret gag orders, legalized police brutality, legalized drone bombings of children playing soccer on some beach 7422 miles away from here, legalized military invasions of foreign nations based on false pretenses & fabricated evidence, legalized benefits for illegal immigrants, legalized purposeful dumbing-down of the entire national educational system, legalized usury, legalized bail-outs of failed private corporations at public expense, a completely corrupt judiciary operating a two-tier ‘justice’ system, legalized assassinations of 16 year old U.S. citizens with no judicial review whatsoever (Abdulrahman al-Awlaki), a completely corrupt legislative arm, a completely corrupt & ineffectual president who seems to believe he possesses dictatorial powers, a completely corrupt and subservient news media that only reports what it is told/allowed to report, legalized blacklists, legalized censorship, complete elimination of Constitutional Rule of Law and legalized forcing of the population into buying worthless overpriced “healthcare” plans practically at gunpoint?.

  10. Mike says:

    What a way to lose money, makes you wonder about their agenda.

  11. Bruce Martin says:

    Just call the bomb squad.

  12. Vasco DeGama says:

    My Big Fat Gay Wedding?

  13. Yet another Hollywood bomb in the making.

  14. Goron Visic says:

    “And the Oscar goes to…” whatever this film-to-be is named – no matter what the level of it’s quality.

    • Laurie says:

      And the oscar will be presented by everyone who will go to see this movie. They will all be able to fit onto the stage. lol.

  15. Jason Kassis says:

    I wonder if the movie will reiterate the fact that 4 of the 9 judges voted against and that the majority of Americans are still opposed to gay marriage and–if given a choice in the matter–would not have voted for it.

    • Dan Meyers says:

      Jason – right on. I’m sure it will not include these facts because that just wouldn’t be right to state facts. Stating facts makes you intolerant — especially to the 1.6% of the U.S. population that is actually LGBT and that likes to say that 20% of the U.S. population is LGBT.

    • cadavra says:

      More right-wing math: 34% is not a majority of anything.

      • The Truth says:

        Dan, get your head out of your ass and check out the latest poll numbers on gay marriage: http://www.pollingreport.com/civil.htm

      • cadavra says:

        I did, and you’re a bald-faced liar. The most recent Gallup and CBS polls show 60% approval. WaPo/ABC has it at 62%, and even the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal shows 59%. Now go back to your little Fox News bubble and whine about how Donald Trump is being abused by the libtard media.

      • Dan Meyers says:

        34% of the judges disagree with the redefinition of marriage. 87% of the U.S. voting population disagrees with the redefinition of marriage (latest Gallup polling — look it up yourself).

  16. The sequel can show how polygamy was legalized.

  17. Jimmy Wong says:

    Sounds really boring.

  18. Jeff Justice says:

    What a huge waste of money. I predict a loss.

  19. Robert Blum says:

    Hollywood’s playful pride may well be a theatre dud . . . yet, in the bedroom, it will be a flowering bud.

  20. woodNfish says:

    This movie is a guaranteed flop.

  21. pegster says:

    Surely it WILL be nominated for “best” picture, by those radicals in Hollywood! ANOTHER victory for the Lefties!

  22. Duude says:

    I hope producers dump $500m into it. It will be a $500M infusion into the economy even if it proves to be a bomb as I expect.

  23. Andy Howe says:

    Dustin Hoffman is right.

  24. agman says:

    They can make all the movies they want. It will never be a real marriage and definitely won’t stand the test of time. A marriage without a solid foundation in God will never stand. That’s why Hollywood has such a horrible record of marriage. They don’t know what it is themselves.

  25. It will be a sequel to ‘Brokeback Mountain’ entitled ‘He Broke My Back.’

  26. Hertz says:

    Look, part of the deal was, you get gay marriage, providing you shut the hell up.

  27. Superdough says:

    Sounds like another Hollywood movie that loses lots of money, but advances an agenda

  28. frank says:

    They will flop just like the rest of the movies Hollywood makes these days. There was a time when it was fun going to dinner and a movie….now the diiner is good but I don’t like to ruin a good dnner by the filth that they put on the big screen these days. Murder, Rape,. foul language, etc.

  29. CG59 says:

    FOX? REALLY?! Will they also show graphic images of the ‘couple’ consummating their ‘union’ on the ‘wedding’ night?

  30. Canisius says:

    “what harm does it do to you?” When you sue us and try to force us out of business, when you will in time try to force the Churches (not Mosques for sure) to comply.. just go back to your bath houses and go worship your phallus

  31. STEVE B says:

    WE’VE SEEN TWO MOVIES IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, WHERE WE USED TO GO ALMOST EVERY WEEK. WE CAN WAIT TO SEE THEM ON CABLE OR NOT AT ALL. WE REFUSE TO SUPPORT THESE DEGENERATE COMMUNISTS.

  32. doug says:

    yeah everyone will be rushing to see this …. NOT

    BTW
    This decision will be reversed in a future Supreme Court because, all moral issues aside, it is stupid.

  33. Chuck says:

    SMH at the haters here who made such the effort to navigate to (gay-friendly) Variety.com and click on a story about a gay-related movie JUST to tell us they will not be watching it. LOL. well good for you.
    As the SSM decision is historical, this will likely be the first of several (pseudo) documentaries. And Fox 2000 being the small-budget sub-studio that it is, I’m sure this will cost peanuts to make & will easily recoup its costs to make a modest budget.

    • Dan Meyers says:

      G1 Chuck! What’s amazing is that as one of the very few LGBT on this comment board you actually take the time to click a comment and type your words JUST to tell us how wrong we are for stating our opinions.

  34. Marvin smith says:

    I am sure it will be a breath taking event. In fact all the oxygen will be sucked out of the theater and all will be asleep. Will the LGBT’s settle for this court ruling? No because their agenda is to make the Christians look like homophobes because of what we ascribe to in Romans 1:26-7. But we want to explain to them that this lifestyle is like an addiction. It is not impossible to come out of it. By the grace of God they can and with His help.

  35. jackdeth72 says:

    This year’s ’12 Years A Slave’. Another politically motivated, top tier, big budget flop that no one will pay money to see. But will be nominated for and will win multiple Oscars. Just so Hollywood can show which side of the issue they are on. And the cast and all involved (particularly investors) can feel good about themselves.

  36. Richard says:

    Good to see from the comments here that homophobia is still going strong so much for enlightenment. As for the rest of the world shaking their heads over us well we are one of the last developed nations to recongnize same sex rights. The Christian right and all their finger pointing is so ridiculous I guarantee you there are things in the bible mentioned much more than homosexuality that they are ignoring from the food they eat to the clothes they wear . To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson …it matters not to me if you worship one God or twenty it does no harm to me . America is a country founded on religious freedom …a separation of church and state …a Christian, Muslim or belief of a Hindu should not impact my rights as a citizen under the constitution of the Unites States. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. No church will ever be forced to sanction same sex unions by the state. It will only impact your life unless you dwell on it why not let others enjoy the pursuit of a happy life with the same equal rights and benefits of all …what harm does it do to you?

    • DesertStormVet says:

      Richard:

      Churches are being forced to marry same-sex couples. Any refusals will be referred to plaintiff trial lawyers and the ACLU. If a gay couple is so desired to get married, that is their decision. There are churches that welcome this such as the Episcopaleans, Prespyturians, etc or one can be married by the government.

      This has been forced down our throats by culture and SCOTUS as correct and acceptable.

      • Richard says:

        Have any of these cases gone through the legal challenge and a church made to marry a same sex couple …not that I am aware of. Businesses that serve the general public are another matter. What if a religion states fat people or bald people are unclean or sinful would you support the people who follow that belief to discrimate against them at their business? Do you support all views of every religion to make you follow their beliefs if you need to use their business.

      • Lebron says:

        “As for the rest of the world shaking their heads over us well we are one of the last developed nations to recongnize same sex rights”.

        You must be the guy Jonathon Gruber is always talking about. Less than 10% of the world’s countries recognize gay unions.

        To paraphrase Justice Kennedy, “marriage is one of civilizations oldest institutions”. That doesn’t have anything to do with religion. And it beggars the question, if marriage is one of civilizations oldest institutions, what right does three jews, one puerto rican halfwit and Anthony Kennedy have to tell me what that I should accept their new definition of marriage and ignore the history of civilization?

        And if you’re answer is well…they’re the law. This country was founded on the principle that individuals had the right to expect that Society supercedes the limited rights of government, and that government has no authority to dictate to Society what mores it holds ( See: Thomas Paine).

    • Not homophobic. Not fear but repugnance.

  37. HarryObrian says:

    Will Cloward and Piven and Agenda 21 be the main themes as they should be?

    • Superdough says:

      I know of a baker, a photographer and at least two churches now that would disagree as they have been, or are currently being sued in an attempt to force their participation. It’s not enough for us to accept, we must be forced to comply.

    • CG59 says:

      You prostitute, I mean, paraphrase, Jefferson’s comment. Too bad you can’t ask him what he thinks about worshipping a penis.

    • Brent Dotson says:

      I applaud the decision of SCOTUS on this issue and I have always felt that the freedom of adults to marry whomever they chose was inherent in the Constituition, I doubt that we are among the last developed nations to do so. There are close to 200 countries total and the United States became the 21st Country to recognize same sex marriage. There are 51 counties in Europe and once you have included the small number of countries in South America, Africa, and Asia which are also “developed Countries” and through in Canada to boot. There is no way the 21st could be almost the last country to recognize same sex marriages.

  38. capoprimo says:

    Gazing into my crystal ball, I predict if this movie is ever made, it’ll be a bust! No normal man would want to witness the exchange between two homosexuals!

  39. chip says:

    Just another attempt to normalize behavior that is not normal.

  40. Mitch says:

    That is changing Cali. People are realizing one has to actually “hate” America to be on this sick bandwagon.

  41. Jessie says:

    This will assuredly be an overly-sappy film of astounding courage in the face of the hate of millions that culminates with these two gay individuals single-handedly defeating the evil empire of male-female marriages and bring justice and equality to all citizens on planet earth ending with a gay kiss of unity on the steps of the Supreme Court as music reaches a crescendo of ear-splitting bravado, and now the world will be happy and all wars will end because of this timely and gallant film that will make tons of money and changes hearts and minds through out the universe forever, amen.

  42. potvin99 says:

    Marriage is one man and one woman. That’s normal, that’s right, always will be.

  43. Goober says:

    I won’t be attending. Such Tripe!

  44. meso says:

    gooood luck making any money, that’s another crappy movie I will not watch.

  45. And I hope it flops. They will not get one cent of my money and I hope others do the same in droves.

  46. YAWN. Another snoozer and yet another pandering to fringe groups. Hollywood has lost all credibility as a valid producer of art, as they haven’t produced anything artistic in decades. CGI in place of plot lines, the same terrible movies remade over and over, and insane far-left-wing rhetoric, is all they churn out now.

  47. Tom says:

    Biggest flop of the year.

  48. Terry says:

    Another PC bomb for Hollywood. Dustin Hoffman was so right when he said that movies have become so awful. This will just be another example. In the 40’s the goverment hired Hollywood producers to make patriotic movies to support and sell the war effort. Now the left in this country has just taken over Hollywood so it doesn’t have to be “hired” they just do it as a reflex to sell their perverted sense of what they think America should be.

  49. tommco says:

    Dear Hollywood,
    Yes, please make a dozen movies about the LGBT agenda in the coming year. Give them all budgets of at least $100,000,000 each, and robust marketing to match. Put straight actors like Tom Cruise and John Travolta in leading roles. I’m sure people will flock to see them, so be sure to put your money where your mouth is.

  50. mauloa says:

    A “politically correct movie” that does not conform to the majority of Americans. Prepare for a tax write-off.

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