May 13, 2013
When Joel Derfner’s boyfriend proposed to him, there was nowhere in America the two could legally marry. That changed, however, and soon they were on what they expected to be a rollicking journey to married bliss. What they didn’t realize was that along the way they would confront not just the dilemmas every couple faces along the way to the altar — what kind of ketubah would they get? what color would the chuppah be? did they have to invite Great-Aunt Sylvia? — but also questions about relationships, the definition of marriage, and, ultimately, what makes a family. Add to the mix a reality show whose director forces them to keep notarizing wedding-license applications until she gets a shot she likes, a family marriage history that includes adulterers, arms smugglers, and poisoners, and discussions of Talmud, Sophocles, civil rights, grammar, and homemade Ouija boards, coupled with Derfner’s gift for getting in his own way, and you have a story not just of gay marriage and the American family but of what it means to be human.