Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality
The fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage.
In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v Wad...more
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriages embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marr ...more
Court cases tell stories. So stories used are sympathetic. 1. A husband dies of non-AIDS related disease and leaves h ...more
Going into this book, I had no doubt it was 5-star material and that there would be goosebumps and teary-eyed-ness throughout thanks to the awe and gratitude I have for the brave individuals who fought for marriage equality.
I married my partner of 20-ish years in November 2014 just 32 days after it became legal to do so in Arizona via 9th Circuit ruling and about 7 months ahead of the ultimate Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality legal nationwide. The ability to marry gave us two midd ...more
I think if you’re looking for a book that goes really in depth with the legal side of things and how they researched the case and what they used to argue their points then you might be a little bit let down ...more
What can I say about such a remarkable book? From the topic of the book to the way it was written. Everything within this book captivated me.
This book is filled with remarkable people and hero's not only to the LGBT Community but to the nation. They stood up for what they believed in and that's all anyone can ask of anyone
The book...was perfect. It wasn't written like most memoirs or non-fiction books, it was ...more
Going throw the pages of this book was an emotional rollercoaster for me. The stories in this book made me feel scared, outraged, angry at the way we who are part of a minority are treated as second-class citizens. However, their fight also gave me hope and showed me that the most powerful weapon to overcome prejudices and injustices will always be love.
‘Love win’ must be a compulsory re ...more
1) The Law - it's not perfect but it's ours and in some respects it gives people who would otherwise be disenfranchised, power to make real and lasting change (but also see Dred Scott v. Sandford).
2) Narrative nonfiction - I love journalism that is told like a story. And this is done so well in podcasts but sometimes gets very very dry in book form. Not this one. This one was intriguing and moving and very well put together.
3) Ci ...more
It starts in the 1970s, with children being bullied because they were gay. It runs through some of the trials and tribulations of the gay rights movement, with special focus on Cincinnati. I did not know that Cincinnati was one of the first cities to pass a gay rights ordinance and one of the first cities to ...more
The only critique of the book I would share is that it sometimes veers into hyperbole or too easily dismisses the concern that marriage equality does ...more
As lawyer Al Gerhardstein said, every civil rights case begins with a story. The case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the case in which the Supreme Court declared same sex marriage bans unconstitutional, began when Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love. After a decades-long, committed relationship the couple found out that John had ALS. One of John's last wishes was to p ...more
This is the book for the law student or newly accredited lawyer who wants to change the world.
What if I had loved a woman in this way instead of a man? It just doesn't make sense to me that I might not be allowed to have this day, and all the days and rights that follow. This book helps me understand better the fight for ma ...more
This book tracks the personal and legal lead-up to the 2015 SCOTUS decision for marriage equality. It's not a sweeping legal explanation or broad social history but a focus on the personal stories surrounding the case. The book especially tells the background of Jim Obergefell (one of the authors) and his husband John Arnold. When Arnold was dying ...more