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Love unites us : winning the freedom to marry in America

Author: Kevin M Cathcart; Leslie J Gabel-Brett
Publisher: New York : The New Press, [2016]
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"Victory may sometimes look like a sudden revolution when, in truth, it rests on years of struggle. The June 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a sweeping victory for the freedom to marry, but it was one step in a long process. Love Unites Us is the history of activists' passion and persistence in the struggle for marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United States, told in the words of those who waged  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Love unites us.
New York : New Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016006324
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin M Cathcart; Leslie J Gabel-Brett
ISBN: 9781595585509 1595585508
OCLC Number: 921870542
Description: viii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : love unites us / Leslie J. Gabel-Brett and Kevin M. Cathcart --
I. Opening arguments, 1970-98 --
The first marriage cases, 1970-74 / William N. Eskridge Jr. --
Gay marriage : a must or a bust? / Look, 1989 --Why gay people should seek the right to marry / Thomas B. Stoddard --
Since when is marriage a path to liberations? / Paula L. Ettelbrick --
The Hawaii Marriage Case launches the U.S. Freedom-to-Marry Movement for Equality / Evan Wolfson --
"Neither the first nor the last" / Hawaii plaintiffs Ninia Baehr and Genora Dancel --
II. Sex before marriage : striking down sodomy laws --
The sodomy roundtable / Kevin M. Cathcart --
"Not tonight dear, it's a felony : Lawrence v. Texas and the path to marriage equality / Suzanne B. Goldberg --
Arguing Lawrence v. Texas at the Supreme Court / Paul Smith --
III. Victories, defeats, and a plan to win marriage, 1996-2009 --
The litigation : first judicial victories in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut / Mary L. Bonauto --
My mothers said "I do" / Annie Goodridge --
Love makes a family in Connecticut / Anne Stanback --
The plan to win marriage / Matt Coles --
Movement + strategy + campaign : the freedom to marry winning combination / Evan Wolfson, with Adam Polaski --
Losing forward : the marriage case in New York / Jeffrey S. Trachtman --
"Our liberties we prize" : winning marriage in Iowa / Camilla Taylor --
IV. The long winding road to marriage in California, 2004-13 --
California dreaming : winning marriage equality in the California courts / Shannon Minter --
Parallel journeys through discrimination : Asian Americans and modern marriage equality / Karin Wang --
Translating equality : on the role of LGBT Latinas/os in the marriage movement / Francisco Duenas --
This changes everything : Proposition 8 / Kate Kendell --
Restoring marriage to California : Hollingsworth v. Perry / Kris Perry, with an introduction by Lisa Hardaway --
V. Hopes rise and DOMA falls, 2007-15 --
New frontiers : state legislative wins and federal DOMA challenges / Mary L. Bonauto, Gary d. Buseck and Janson Wu --
Tested at the ballot box in 2012 / Marc Solomon and Thalia Zepatos --
Putting faith to the test : Black leaders and the Maryland victory / Sharon Lettman-Hicks --
"the words 'gay' and 'marriage' were not even used in the same sentence." " remembering Illinois plaintiff, Vernita Gray / Pat Ewert --
don't postpone joy : taking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) / James Esseks --
The wait is over : eleven years to marriage in New Jersey / Hayley Gorenberg --
The unlikely domino : Kitchen v. Herbert / Peggy A. Tomsic --
Hoosiers IN love : Indiana's express path to equality / Paul D. Castillo --
Justice Justice you shall pursue / Indiana plaintiff Amy Sandler --
A long battle finally won : marriage in Florida / Nadine Smith --
VI. Closing arguments, 2015 --
10:02 on Tuesday morning : arguing Obergefell before the U.S. Supreme Court / Mary L. Bonauto --
My thirty-year journey to the Obergefell case / Alphonse Gerhardstein --
Obergefell v. Hodges : a leap of love / Susan Sommer --
After thirty-nine years, married under the law / Puerto Rico plaintiffs, Lopez Aviles and Iris Delia Rivera Rivera --
VII. Looking to the future --
A glass only half full : the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights / Jon W. Davidson --
My love-hate relationship with marriage / Beverly Tillery --
Gender identity defines sex : updating the law to reflect modern medical science is key to transgender rights / M. Dru Levasseur, (Vermont Law Review) --
From Lavender scare to Rainbow House : the ongoing fight for full federal equality / Gautam Raghavan --
Fighting for an AIDS-Free Generation / Scott A. Schoettes --
A return to the root / Andrea J. Ritchie --
Shields not into swords : stopping the misuse of religious freedom for discrimination / Jennifer C. Pizer.
Responsibility: edited by Kevin M. Cathcart, Leslie J. Gabel-Brett.

Abstract:

"Victory may sometimes look like a sudden revolution when, in truth, it rests on years of struggle. The June 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a sweeping victory for the freedom to marry, but it was one step in a long process. Love Unites Us is the history of activists' passion and persistence in the struggle for marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United States, told in the words of those who waged the battle. Launching the fight for the freedom to marry was neither an obvious nor an uncontested strategy. To many activists, achieving marriage equality seemed far-fetched, but the skeptics were proved wrong. Proactive arguments in favor of love, family, and commitment were more effective than arguments that focused on rights and the goal of equality at work. Telling the stories of people who loved and cared for one another, in sickness and in health, cut through the antigay noise and moved people-not without backlash and not overnight, but faster than most activists and observers had ever imagined. With compelling stories from leading attorneys and activists including Evan Wolfson, Mary L. Bonauto, Jon W. Davidson, and Paul M. Smith, Love Unites Us explains how gay and lesbian couples achieved the right to marry"--

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