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Film Review: ‘Political Animals’

16 June 2016 7:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may appear to many Americans that same-sex marriage and other gay rights issues “suddenly” became a matter of ubiquitous public debate and legal reality. But the groundwork for such progress (or the decline of Western civization, depending on one’s view) was laid by years, even decades of grunt work by on-the-ground activists and legislators gradually chipping away at resistance — until the resistors started becoming the minority, however vehement they remain.

An election year when such issues, not to mention the prominence of women in politics, are more visible than ever makes it the perfect moment for “Political Animals.” Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Ware’s engrossing documentary charts the long hard climb by California’s first four “out” state politicians, all lesbians, to pass a series of bills gradually raising Lgbt rights to the levels of non-gay average citizens. Those advances had a national ripple effect culminating in the »

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