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Courting Equality

Courting Equality

A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages

The inspiring story of America's first successful battle for gay marriage-the court cases, the protests, and, finally, the weddings!

"Humphries's stunning photos show both what the struggle for equality looks like and what it feels like. . . . The authors have documented an important piece of American history." -Mary L. Bonauto, GLAD, lead counsel, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health

Authors: Patricia A. Gozemba, Karen Kahn   Photography By: Marilyn Humphries

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p>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, Courting Equality 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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