Ryan Townsend Butler, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S.
B.F.A., University of North Carolina School of the Arts, JD, American University, Washington College of Law
Filmmaker and Attorney
Ryan 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.
1 Political career,
2 Film and Legal Career,
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Ryan Butler previously served on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Dupont Circle, Washington, DC in Ward 2. He was elected on November 7, 2006 with 87.47% of the vote. He was also the first President of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina.
Film and Legal Career:
Ryan Butler's most notable film, A Union in Wait, is a 2001 independent documentary film about same-sex marriage which aired on Sundance Channel and was screened at over 20 film festivals around the world. 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.