Ryan Townsend Butler is an American politician and filmmaker. He directed the first documentary about same-sex marriage to air on national television in the United States and was the first President of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina. He is married to Chris Sgro, the Executive Director of Equality North Carolina.
Ryan Butler previously served on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. in Ward 2. He was elected on November 7, 2006 with 87.47% of the vote. He was the first President of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina.
Film and Legal Career:
Ryan Butler's most notable film, A Union in Wait (2001), was an independent documentary film about same-sex marriage which aired on Sundance Channel and screened at more than 20 film festivals world-wide. It was the first documentary about same-sex marriage to air on national television in the United States.
After the release of A Union in Wait, Butler worked as a television editor in Washington, D.C., for ABC 7, the National Geographic Channel, and CNN. In 2008 he moved back to North Carolina, where he now works as an in house counsel at Replacements Ltd. after working for the North Carolina General Assembly and then as an attorney in private practice.