“Pursuit of Equality is not only deeply moving, inspiring, and fascinating, but it is a great film and a stirring call to arms!”--- Richard Watts

“…a moving document that put a human face on committed gay and lesbian couples who sought -- and are still seeking – equal treatment under the laws of the state and nation.” -Kinsey Lowe, LA TIMES

“At turns romantic and sobering, Pursuit of Equality makes the

eyes tear up and the blood boil.”- Critic’s Pick, SF Station

Pursuit of Equality presents a delicate balance of light humor and tear-jerking poignancy….really powerful.” ---The Advocate

“Near-limitless access to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's office –makes “Pursuit of Equality” a valuable behind-the-scenes chronicle of what may become a seminal U.S. historical moment.”– Dennis Harvey, VARIETY.com

"...required viewing for all Americans."
– Trenton Straube, NY BLADE

      By issuing same-sex marriage licenses in 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom uproots the status quo, attempts to change the way the United States of America looks at life, love, and marriage, and ignites what may become our nation's next great civil right issue.

      PURSUIT OF EQUALITY is an emotionally charged film that puts a face on American citizens who strive for marriage equality.

      From the first frame of the film, even before the press is aware, this film crew is with Mayor Gavin Newsom’s senior staff as the nation’s first same-sex couple exchange their vows and ignite the most controversial civil rights topic in recent history.

      The story continues on the streets, in the courtrooms, and on the steps of City Hall, where same-sex couples clash with church groups who declare that who they are and how they love is a sin.

      In Life changing moments, this film focuses on the compelling, human rights struggles surrounding same-sex marriage and captures the elation and despair of couples and families who are fighting for equal rights.

      As the only film crew in the Mayor's chambers during the most crucial of times, this extraordinary film provides a telling ‘fly-on-the wall’ view as this historic event unfolds.

Directed and Produced by Geoff Callan

Directed and Edited by Mike Shaw

Production Executive  Matt Kennedy

Associate Producer John Fraser

Motion Graphics / Graphic Design Paul Byrd

Photo by Drew Altizer
Photo by Drew Altizer
POE The First wedding photo by Daniel Homsey
POE The First wedding photo by Daniel Homsey
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Anti - Same sex marriage sign4. Photo by Geoff Callan_edited
Anti - Same sex marriage sign4. Photo by Geoff Callan_edited
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Anti - Same sex marriage sign
Anti - Same sex marriage sign3. Photo by Geoff Callan
Anti - Same sex marriage sign3. Photo by Geoff Callan
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Photo by Drew Altizer
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Mike Shaw, Gavin Newsom, Geoff Callan - Photo by Drew Altizer
Mike Shaw, Gavin Newsom, Geoff Callan - Photo by Drew Altizer
Anti - Same sex marriage sign 1. Photo by Geoff Callan
Anti - Same sex marriage sign 1. Photo by Geoff Callan
Anti - Same sex marriage sign2. Photo by Geoff Callan
Anti - Same sex marriage sign2. Photo by Geoff Callan
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Abe Lincoln - by Geoff Callan_edited
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City Hall Side View
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RUSH TO THE CIVAL ALTAR
POE Mayor Gavin Newsom, Susan Leal, Rosie O'Donnell, Kelli Carpenter Photo by Daniel Homsey
POE Mayor Gavin Newsom, Susan Leal, Rosie O'Donnell, Kelli Carpenter Photo by Daniel Homsey
John Fraser, Mike Shaw, Geoff Callan
John Fraser, Mike Shaw, Geoff Callan
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POE opposition Photo by Daniel Homsey
POE opposition Photo by Daniel Homsey
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Bevan Dufty, Gavin Newsom, Steve Kawa
POE Gavin Newsom with senior staff Photo by Daniel Homsey
POE Gavin Newsom with senior staff Photo by Daniel Homsey
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