Three sets of life partners and their respective children graciously invited Variety into their homes to share their personal stories for this special marriage equality issue.
Nina, Rowena, Ben, Skye & Grey
Nina Lederman, senior VP of scripted series programming at Lifetime, and Rowena Arguelles, CAA motion picture agent, met in November 2006. Their household now includes Skye Battles, 18, and Ben Lederman, 16 (Nina’s kids with Wendy Battles); and Grey Arguelles, 6, Nina and Rowena’s daughter. Lederman is kitchen manager and AV/IT expert; Arguelles is bathroom manager and dog-handler. “The areas where our interests intersect include the Container Store, Target and penny slots,” they note. “In all seriousness, we feel really fortunate that our relationship is a true partnership, in the most profound and most basic of ways.”
Linda, Kelly, Zoe & Ava
Linda Novak and Kelly Bush met on a blind date 19 years ago. Bush’s young publicity agency, ID, was growing, and Novak was vice president of commercial house the Artists Co. With aligned dreams and values, they mapped their future as a couple, settling in the Hollywood Hills. After the birth of firstborn Ava, in 2001, Novak left the business to care for the family full time. Zoe was born four years later. The girls, now 13 and 9, share many interests, including soccer, art and a love of animals. Novak and Bush married after the first Supreme Court of California ruling in 2008. “May marriage equality, a fundamental civil right, become a non-issue for our daughters’ generation,” the pair declare.
Adam, Mark, Rose & Max
In 26 years of being together, Adam Shulman and Mark Litwin have encountered a few cases of discrimination, but never within the industry. Shulman was an agent with UTA when he met the good doctor in 1989; they held a commitment ceremony in 1994, and were married in 2008. They were the first same-sex couple in Variety’s Hitched column. Shulman is now a manager-producer at Anonymous Content, and Litwin is now chairman of the department of urology at UCLA Medical. They describe parenthood as joyous. Raising twins Rose and Max “has made us better human beings and better at our jobs,” Shulman says.