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Awakening : how gays and lesbians brought marriage equality to America

Author: Nathaniel Frank
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The right of same-sex couples to marry provoked decades of intense conflict before it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. Yet some of the most divisive contests shaping the quest for marriage equality occurred not on the culture-war front lines but within the ranks of LGBTQ advocates. Nathaniel Frank tells the dramatic story of how an idea that once seemed unfathomable--and for many gays and lesbians  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Frank
ISBN: 9780674737228 0674737229
OCLC Number: 959648557
Description: xii, 441 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
"Homosexual marriage?" : the stirrings of a new idea --
"What was important was that we were a household" : gay marriages and the domestic partnership alternative --
"We are criminals in the eyes of the law" : sodomy, AIDS, and new alliances --
"A tectonic shift" : earthquake in Hawaii --
"The very foundations of our society are in danger" : the defense of marriage --
"Here come the brides" : laying the cornerstone in Massachusetts --
"Power to the people" : rogue weddings and ballot initiatives --
"A political awakening" : California's proposition 8 changes the game --
"Brick by brick" : progress in the states --
"Make more snowflakes and eventually there will be an avalanche" : the battle over strategy comes to a head --
"Without any rational justification" : proposition 8 on trial --
"A risk well worth taking" : Edie Windsor and winning marriage in New York --
"The nation is ready for it" : a president and a country evolve --
"Love survives death" : the Windsor ruling and its aftermath --
"The responsibility to right fundamental wrongs" : a circuit split sets up a showdown --
"It is so ordered" : marriage equality comes to all fifty states --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Nathaniel Frank.

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Some of the most divisive contests shaping the quest for marriage equality occurred not on the culture-war front lines but within the ranks of LGBTQ advocates. Nathaniel Frank tells the dramatic  Read more...
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Nathaniel Frank has written the definitive account of how the United States went from every state prohibiting homosexual activity in 1961 to every state allowing marriage equality for gays and Read more...

 
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