Oklahoma-born, Christian director Cassie Jaye chronicles one gay couples struggle for such acceptance in The Right to Love: An American Family. The documentary follows two years in the life of the Leffew family: two professional parents raising two adopted children they love dearly, and who love them back. That the parents happen to be two men shouldnt be an issue, yet it is, and theyre tired of being treated as second-class citizens.
In the wake of Californias Proposition 8, the Leffews do all they can to effect change, or at least to bring an understanding of who they are and what their life is like. In this case, theyre Star Wars nerds who celebrate Jesus Christs birth at Christmas, like so many fellow Americans. Their love, they say, is as real as any: Whether it's legal or not, it's real in my heart, and that's what matters most.
In my view, their critics cry of preserving the so-called sanctity of marriage is a moot point, when half of marriages fail. No doubt, homosexuals union will crumble just as often as heterosexuals, so why deny them equality?
Jayes film is shot no-frills; it doesnt carry a Hollywood sheen. In that aspect, it almost feels like a home movie at times, which actually bolsters its case. That said, The Right to Love is a film whose audiences are bound to be those who already agree with it. I cant see someone who opposes same-sex marriage would ever watch it unless against his or her will. I also cant see it changing the minds of the other side.
My hope is that at the very least, the film would prompt them to question whether they have a right to decide who can and cannot love under the blindfolded eyes of Lady Justice; at this point, thats a start. Rod Lott