Richard Stockton College is hosting a film screening and discussion of marriage equality issues today.

Last month, a state Superior Court judge ruled that New Jersey must legalize gay marriage by Oct. 21. However, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has appealed that decision. State lawmakers, meanwhile, are working to gather enough votes to override Christie’s veto earlier this year of gay marriage legislation.

The Stockton event will include a screening of “Freeheld,” which documents the struggles of Laurel Hester, an Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office investigator, to transfer her pension benefits to her domestic partner prior to her death of lung cancer in 2006. It won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.

Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, and Beth Kelly, a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University, will lead a discussion about the status of LGBT rights.

A reception is scheduled at 5 p.m. at the Campus Center Theater gallery, with the screening set for 6 p.m. The event is free to the public at Stockton’s main campus in Galloway Township.

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