Magazine article Variety

Anonymous Content Exec Got 'Hitched' in Variety

Magazine article Variety

Anonymous Content Exec Got 'Hitched' in Variety

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You made some Variety history...

On Nov. 9,1994, Mark and I were the first samegender couple listed in Daily Variety's "Hitched" column, for our commitment ceremony. (Mark was ID'd as Dr. Mark Litwin, though he also was defined as a non-pro ... ) No major publications at that point listed gay unions. The New York Times didn't list them until 2002. We were very happy; our relationship felt as valid as any other, and felt it should be recognized.

Where were you working?

I was in the motion picture literary department at UTA, where there was only one other out gay person. Some agencies had none. And you could count on one hand the number of out studio execs.

Do you have children?

We have a son and daughter, born in June 2000. We had a surrogate, plus a separate egg donor, and we provided our material (I'm trying to make this G-rated). That process was fairly new for couples, gay or straight. We had to petition for a pre-birth judgment, to say both of our names would be on the birth certificate. The children were born at UC San Diego, where the surrogate lived. Mark and 1 went to the front office to fill out forms for the birth certificate, and the woman there gave us a hard time about having both names on the form, even though we had a court judgment. …

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