Shane Bitney Crone's devastating 2012 YouTube video, chronicling his relationship with his late fiance, inspired Bridegroom, the documentary directed and co-produced by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, the creator of Designing Women. 

Bridegroom gives an intensely personal edge to the ongoing debate over the legal rights of same-sex couples. Interviews, photos and video footage all testify to the uncommon connection that drew together Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom. For six years they remained united despite extreme challenges from both family and society, until Bridegroom was killed in a tragic accident and his family — who had rejected him when he first came out as gay, and remained largely estranged from him until his death — shut Crone out of the funeral.

Former President Bill Clinton introduced Bridegroom at the film's premiere, saying, "This is really on one level a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking, yet exhilarating and life-affirming story, and on another level, it's a story about our nation's struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and the substance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did."



Former President Bill Clinton took a New York theater by surprise when he introduced “Bridegroom” at the Tribeca Film Festival. The former president said he’d been moved by the new documentary.




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Original “It Could Happen to You” video that inspired the film.