Sponsored Project

Limited Partnership

Director:
Tom Miller
Producers:
Tom Miller, Kirk Marcolina

LIMITED PARTNERSHIP is the 40-year love story of Richard Adams and Anthony "Tony" Sullivan, a committed bi-national gay couple who took on the U.S. government in order to remain together. For the first time, through this film, Richard and Tony will go public with their tale of hope, disappointment and perseverance.Tony, an Australian citizen, was on vacation in Hollywood when he met Richard in 1971. In 1975, thanks to the bravery of one county clerk, Richard and Tony were one of six gay couples to be legally married in Boulder, Colorado amidst a firestorm of media coverage. Shortly afterward, they applied for citizenship for Tony as Richard's legal "spouse." In response, they received a rejection letter from the INS which read, in part, that the U.S. did not recognize "that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots."Devastated -- and incredulous that a federal agency of the United States would send such a letter -- the couple sued to prevent Tony's deportation, thus embarking on a ten-year legal battle that ended just shy of the Supreme Court. That case, "Adams v. Howerton" became the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for same-sex marriages in U.S. history.