Acclaimed Pro-Gay Marriage Star-filled Courtroom Drama An Affirmative Act On Demand VOD NBC/Universal

Controversial Gay Rights Marriage Film

One of the most controversial movies ever, AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT, an acclaimed pro-gay marriage, star-filled courtroom drama movie, comes out On Demand VOD Dec 4 from NBC/Universal. On Netflix, iTunes & DVD everywhere. BUY at

In the movie, a gay married couple is arrested for fraudulently adopting a child as a heterosexual couple. Their lives turn a dark corner in a courtroom drama surrounded by anti-gay protests, prejudice and violence from anti-gay rights groups.

The film is written & produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio and directed  by Jana Mattioli. The cast includes Eric Etebari (Cellular; Witchblade; 2 Fast 2 Furious), Charles Durning (2-time Academy Award/4-time Golden Globe/9-time Emmy winner and nominee), Costas Mandylor (Saw 6; Saw 5; Beowulf; The Pledge), Robert Clohessy (Boardwalk Empire; Oz; The Interpreter), Blanche Baker (Emmy winner; Sixteen Candles), Thomas G. Waites (And Justice for All; The Thing; Warriors), Justin Deas (Winner – 6 Emmys), Jackie Martling (Sirius Radio Personality; formerly – The Howard Stern Show), Randy Jones (Cowboy – The Village People), Rachael Robbins (O.B.A.M. Nude; Screaming Dead).

Here’s what the press has to say about it:

  •  “Kenneth Del Vecchio’s An Affirmative Act is Academy Award Bound” – CBS’s
  • This important film is timely, relevant, and compelling.” -THE ADVOCATE
  • “[An Affirmative Act] is a masterpiece of artistic commentary.” -GO MAGAZINE
  • “A riveting courtroom drama guaranteed to inflame the passions of the masses”
  • “An Affirmative Act is a groundbreaking film…Geniuses are behind it.” -THE EXAMINER

The Official Movie Trailer for An Affirmative Act

Full Synopsis of Film

“A slice of life of a young, professional married couple with their darling baby turns a sharp, dark corner when the pair are arrested and charged with several counts of fraud. The reason: Terry and Samantha Succi aren’t the man and woman that they purported to be. In truth, they are two women. One, a long haired, pretty school teacher; the other, a boyish-looking architect, who tricked the world surrounding her into thinking she was a man.

Under false pretenses of being a heterosexual couple, they married. Under false pretenses of being a heterosexual couple, they adopted their child. They obtained their benefits and paid their taxes through the same fraudulent pretext of being husband and wife…And they did so because of state law that discriminates against homosexual partners; they were prohibited from receiving the same rights and benefits as their straight counterparts.

 The Governor, in an effort to protect his politically necessary anti-gay marriage bill, secretly arranges for a quick slap-on-the wrist plea offer that will ensure both a guilty plea and a fast end to the case. Terry and Samantha, though, decide to fight the fight and enlist the unlikely representation of self-absorbed, but respected powerhouse, heterosexual attorney John DeMine. What ensues is a massive media covered courtroom battle, with equally divided views…and equally plotted acts of legal – and illegal – warfare.

The women have indeed broken the law. The law indeed discriminates against them. With morals, egos and political control at stake, threats turn into physical attacks. A rogue left-wing group assaults the woman prosecuting the case, followed by a violent invasion into Samantha’s and Terry’s home by a fringe right-wing outfit . With the case closed to the public, the courtroom becomes a stage of safety – and justice. The arcing of John DeMine’s character, the will of the beaten prosecutor and the strength of the charged couple, will influence a jury, perhaps of peers, perhaps not. One affirmative act, deciding not only the fate of the women’s freedom, but also the governor’s bill and one of the most controversial issues facing the United States, will be had in this courtroom. One affirmative act – of justice, or maybe not.” Courtesy of Kenneth Del Vecchio.

About Ken Del Vecchio

New Jersey’s top criminal defense attorney, Kenneth Del Vecchio, is author of some of nation’s best-selling legal books. He is a former judge who has tried over 400 cases, an acclaimed filmmaker of over 20 legal thriller movies starring several Oscar & Emmy winners & nominees, best-selling criminal suspense novelist, NJ newspaper publisher & chair and founder of NJ’s largest film festival No one will have a voice for you like Kenneth Del Vecchio. For more detailed information about Kenneth Del Vecchio, including critical reviews and press quotes, please visit, &

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