Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781611688993 Published September 2015
An e-book edition will be published.

Winning Marriage

The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won

Marc Solomon

Winning Marriage

Marc Solomon

Distributed for University Press of New England

412 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781611688993 Published September 2015
E-book $17.99 ISBN: 9781611689198 Published September 2015
In this updated, paperback edition of Winning Marriage, Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign to win and protect the freedom to marry. With depth and grace he reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has championed and protected advances won in legislative, court, and electoral battles over the years since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time. The paperback edition includes a new afterword on the historic 2015 Supreme Court ruling on marriage that includes practical lessons from the marriage campaign that are applicable to other social movements. From the gritty clashes in the state legislatures of Massachusetts and New York to the devastating loss at the ballot box in California in 2008 and subsequent ballot wins in 2012 to the joys of securing President Obama’s support and achieving ultimate victory in the Supreme Court, Marc Solomon has been at the center of one of the great civil and human rights movements of our time. Winning Marriage recounts the struggle with some of the world’s most powerful forces—the Catholic hierarchy, the religious right, and cynical ultraconservative political operatives—and the movement’s eventual triumph.
Contents
Foreword by Governor Deval Patrick • Author’s Note • Prologue • State Victories and Other Key Milestones, 2003–2013 • MASSACHUSETTS • The Decision Heard ’round the World • Tying the Knot • Do-or-Die Elections • Organizing for the Fight • Defying Gravity • Sealing the Deal • NEW YORK • How Did This Happen? • Cuomo • The Republicans • Sealing the Deal (Redux) • WINNING AT THE BALLOT • Losing California • Preparing for the Ballot • The Final Stretch • A PRESIDENTIAL JOURNEY • Fierce Advocate? • Evolving • Cementing a Legacy • COURTING JUSTICE • Courting Justice • Epilogue • Afterword: On the Final Supreme Court Decision • Acknowledgments • Index
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