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Courting equality : a documentary history of America's first legal same-sex marriages

Author: Patricia A Gozemba; Karen Kahn
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2007.
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The inspiring story of America's only successful battle for gay marriage including the court cases, the protests, and finally, the weddings! On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court granted equal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision provoked a searing public debate over the meaning of marriage and family, civil rights, and the role of religion in law and society. But the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gozemba, Patricia A., 1940-
Courting equality.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)647124920
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia A Gozemba; Karen Kahn
ISBN: 9780807066201 0807066206 9780807066218 0807066214
OCLC Number: 71790073
Description: xxx, 190 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Dignity and equality for all : the Goodridge decision --
Early milestones : the struggle for family equality --
Separate but equal? : defending marriage equality --
Here come the brides, here come the grooms : celebrating marriage equality.
Responsibility: text by Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn ; photographs by Marilyn Humphries.
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The inspiring story of America's only successful battle for gay marriage including the court cases, the protests, and finally, the weddings! On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court granted equal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision provoked a searing public debate over the meaning of marriage and family, civil rights, and the role of religion in law and society. But the experiment went forward nonetheless: thousands of Massachusetts gays and lesbians married and, remarkably, the sky did not fall. Through engaging storytelling and powerful photographs, this book takes readers through the volatile public debate following the decision and introduces some of the many lesbian and gay families who have taken advantage of equal marriage laws. In Massachusetts, equal marriage has not destroyed the family but rather has reinforced the importance of love, commitment, fairness, and equality to the functioning of healthy democratic communities.

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