The Right to Marry - October 23, 2014

Extraordinary Ordinary

Vinay Koshy

One of my favorite things about working on the Right to Marry documentary is the insights it gives me into the lives of people I would never look twice at. The way we are often taught history, we are led to believe that only larger than life individuals change the course of history, but this is hardly true. History is carried forward on the backs of the ordinary, as I've learned, not by necessarily by those in positions of power. I was just recently editing an interview we conducted about an interracial couple. Though they themselves were not active advocates for interracial marriage, they're open-mindedness helped to change the opinions of others around them, who would in turn spread tolerance farther and farther. Though we wouldn't think of the couple as particularly important historically, they nonetheless had an impact on the people around them.


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