Independent Lens and PBS Present: Limited Partnership

June 9, 2015

The Story of One of the First Same Sex Couples to be Legally Married in the World

Thomas G. Miller, Producer and Director, Limited Partnership

(San Francisco, CA, Tuesday, June 9, 2015) – Celebrating the 40-year love story of one of the first gay couples to marry, Limited Partnership tells the story of Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan, and their decades-long fight for legal status.

In 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, Colorado, Richard and Tony were one of the first same sex couples to be legally married in the world. During a lifetime filled with health issues, money woes and legal challenges, Richard and Tony never wavered in their love, lost their sense of humor or gave up on their quest for justice.

A film by Thomas G. Miller, Limited Partnership premiers on Independent Lens on Monday, June 15, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on PBS (check local listings.)


Following their marriage, Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony. Unlike most heterosexual marries couples, Richard received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Outraged at the tone, tenor and politics of the letter, and to prevent Tony’s impending deportation, the couple decided to sue the U.S. government, initiating the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same sex marriage.

Richard and Tony’s personal trajectory parallels the history of the LGBT marriage and immigration equality movements, from their 1971 meeting at an L.A. gay bar, to the 1975 signing of their marriage license in Colorado, through the era of AIDS, to the historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage in June 2013.

A poignant love story, Limited Partnership celebrates Richard and Tony’s long path as they redefined the traditional concepts of “spouse” and “family”.

Thomas G. Miller (Producer/Director) has worked on documentaries and in public television since 1994. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Writer’s Guild of America, West.   


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