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From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage has become one of the most volatile issues in American politics. But if most young people support gay marriage, and if there are clear indicators that a substantial majority of the population will soon favor it, why has the outcry against it been so strong?
Hardcover, 1st, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2012 by Oxford University Press
(first published September 7th 2012)
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I picked up From the Closet to the Altar directly after I put down We Do!: American Leaders Who Supported Marriage Equality, and the two books made for intriguing bedfellows. They both recall the struggle for LGBTQ rights, tracing the path it has taken from the radical activism of the Stonewall rioters and Harvey Milk through the recent and fairly mainstream push for the national legalization of same-sex marriage. But their approaches are very different. We Do! assembles a series of political sp ...more
If you like the detailed history of court cases, legal strategies, and politics, then this books gives the most comprehensive review of this issue. If you are not a lawyer or gay, this may be more than you ever wanted to know. It summarizes the snow-ball effect of the decisions of the various courts, and it demonstrates how quickly this social issue evolved. It happened much quicker than the civil rights actions of the 1960's because it focused more on the courts than the Congress or the state l ...more