Philadelphia

On June 26, 2015 it was ruled that same-sex marriage in the United States of America was constitutional. This is a battle that should not have needed to be fought because the LGBT community has every right to marry the person they love. In the 1993 drama Philadelphia we are introduced to a gay man who proves that he has the same rights as everyone around him.

When Andrew Beckett discovers he has AIDS his bosses are informed. Even though Andrew is a smart and accomplished attorney, they decide to fire him based only on the fact that he is gay with a disease. Knowing that his termination is wrong, Andrew goes from lawyer to lawyer without success of letting one represent him in a court of law. When he seeks out fellow attorney Joe Miller, he is rejected again much to his sadness as Joe is a friend. However, when Beckett is forced to represent himself decides to research in the library. After seeing the way people treated his friend, Joe Miller decides to take up the case for Andrew Beckett. Upon hearing about this Joe decides to defend his client in order to prove that his termination is unjust. Through many setbacks of the defense claiming that Andrew getting AIDS was is own fault, Miller and Beckett continue to fight for justice. Just as the trial is coming to an end, Andrew collapses and is hospitalized. In the end, it is ruled that Andrew’s termination was wrong in a court of law. Andrew is visited by Joe in the hospital before he passes away to give him the word that they had won. The movie closes with Joe joining Andrew’s friends at his funeral watching videos of Andrew as a happy child.

Philadelphia premiered in 1993 to many people sympathizing with the character of Andrew Beckett. Identifying with the wrong doing done to Andrew in this film, there was nothing short of critical acclaim for this movie. On June 26, 2015 same sex marriage was legalized in America showing that love always wins.

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