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

Product Code: 4018
ISBN: 9780807066218
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 05/01/2009
Pages: 224
Availability:In stock
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Price: $20.00
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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Contents
Photographers Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Dignity and Equality for all: The Goodridge Decision
2. Early Milestones: The Struggle for family equality
3. Separate but Equal?: Defending Marriage Equality
4. Here Come the Brides, Here come the Grooms: Celebrating Marriage Equality
Acknowledgements
A note on the sources
Notes
"Marilyn Humphries's stunning photos show what the struggle for equality looks like and what it feels like. [The authors] have documented an important piece of America's ongoing efforts to end discrimination against gay people and same-sex couples." -Mary L. Bonauto, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, lead counsel, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health
"What stands out in this masterful and nuanced collection of photographs-and the politically astute accompanying text-are the individual efforts over many years that led to the collective triumph for same-sex marriage." -Charlotte Abbott, the Advocate
"The pictures of protests and rallies-both the pro and the anti forces swarming with energy-make you feel like you're witnessing a combination of the American Revolution and a sizzling Red Sox game." -Mopsy Strange Kennedy, Improper Bostonian
"A remarkable chronicle of exactly how social change happens. Marilyn Humphries's vivid photographic documentation of the fight for same-sex marriage hardly needs any elaboration, but Kahn and Gozemba's accompanying legal history is riveting. Words and pictures together create a moving, human portrait of representative democracy at work." -Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For
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