For My Wife

Categories: Documentary, LGBT
1hr 1min | 2010
In December 2006, a torrential rainstorm hit Seattle. Tragic circumstances found Kate Fleming, a celebrated recording artist, trapped in her basement studio. Her spouse of nine years, Charlene Strong, returned home to find Kate sealed behind the studio door as the waters rose. Charlene's efforts to free Kate ended when the water reached the ceiling level. But Charlene's nightmare did not end once the firemen retrieved Kate's body and transferred her to the ICU of a nearby hospital.

Emergency room staff barred Charlene from entry to be with Kate, as she lay dying. A "blood relative" was needed to grant the necessary permission. Precious time was lost as Charlene made frantic phone calls to Kate's family. Kate died that night, minutes after Charlene was finally given that permission. After facing this loss and the humiliation of a funeral director's bigotry, Charlene decided to take a stand. She contacted members of Washington's legislature, who at that time were debating Domestic Partnership rights, a cause that had failed in years past.

Charlene Strong's dramatic congressional testimony is credited in the bill's passage. This event put Charlene on a new path, that of "activist," her cause - Marriage Equality for Lesbian and Gay Americans who lack the most basic of legal protections. Her story is one of courage and determination. It is one that inspires the activist in all of us, as it asks the soul-searching question: What would you do?

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Topics: Discrimination, Equality, LGBT, Health Care, Marriage, Death, Life
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KimnJo Cox
KimnJo Cox
October 8, 2014
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James Niklam
James Niklam
February 18, 2014
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Alma Leon
Alma Leon
October 8, 2013
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bobbie ann
bobbie ann
August 15, 2013
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Beth Welshons
Beth Welshons
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Beth Welshons
Beth Welshons
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Lee Doyle
Lee Doyle
December 5, 2012
Thank you Washington voters, advocates, legislators, Governor Gregoire. Thank you Charlene Strong. http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/for_my_wife
Tracy-Terrance Ford
Tracy-Terrance Ford
April 13, 2012
That's just sad, my sister has been with her partner for almost 30 years. But don't be ashamed of this country because a some people closed minded views not everyone in America have the same views. What is also sad turning your back on family because of your just not happy with the family you were born into....