Before Del Martin and Phillis Lyon became the first gay couple to marry in California and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's picture perfect gay wedding landed on the cover of People magazine, there was gay marriage in Massachusetts. Saving Marriage documents the first big win for gay marriage advocates in the United States – and the fight that followed to keep it legal in the State.

In directors Mike Roth and John Henning's Saving Marriage, battle lines are drawn and sides are taken as the fight to keep marriage legal for gays and lesbians in Massachusetts plays out to a dramatic, nail-biting finish.

In May of 2009, Massachusetts will celebrate five years of marriage equality for all. But back in 2004, when the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage advocates, the prospects of keeping gay marriage legal appeared dim. That year, by a razor-thin margin, Massachusetts legislators, encouraged by then-Governor Mitt Romney, approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

However, a second vote eighteen months later was necessary to secure the anti-gay marriage amendment. During that time, a fall election re-shuffled the political deck and gay marriages began in the State.

Saving Marriage gives a heart wrenching account of how newly married gay couples, gay activist and allies convinced legislators to vote against banning gay marriage.

The film's fall release is poignantly apropos – as California voters are being asked to pull the plug on gay marriage there.

Saving Marriage reduced [the audience] to tears,” wrote

Saving Marriage opens October 10th in San Francisco. Visit the official website for further openings at