It’s been over a year since the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states. But how did this legislation affect queer couples already in committed partnerships?
Marriage is a tricky institution for queer people that tends to elicit many strong emotions. A new web series, “Disengaged,” is exploring the effect of the SCOTUS ruling on queer couples and providing a commentary about the pressure that many couples have felt to get legally married post-ruling.
“Jen and I really wanted to explore co-dependency, female relationships, and romance,” Jen Tullock said of her and co-creator Hannah Utt’s intentions with the series. “We also wanted to play the leads in our show. When we decided upon the inciting incident of the Supreme Court Ruling, everything else fell into place and we realized we’d happened upon a perfect vehicle through which to explore our complicated and varied feelings about marriage, monogamy and other prescribed social constructs that wind up dictating very personal decisions.”
Tullock and Utt have released a whole season of “Disengaged,” ten episodes in total. Utt told The Huffington Post that the show is meant to explore the many nuances of queer feeling surrounding marriage as an institution ― including queer people who don’t necessarily believe in marriage.
“We aren’t trying to send an anti-marriage message with the show,” Utt continued, “but rather we hope the take-away is that no social construct or institution is right for everyone, and it makes sense to us how a tradition designed within a heteronormative framework could feel like an awkward fit to the people it’s rejected for centuries. This is a right that was hard won and now it’s the queer community’s right to exercise it however the F they want to. Romantic relationships are changing, and we’re suggesting that the whole system may need to change with them.”
Check out the first two episodes of “Disengaged” above or head here to see more.