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Outlaw Marriages by Rodger Streitmatter
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Sep 08, 2012

really liked it
Read from October 09 to 29, 2012

a great read about folks who paved the way for the accessibility of equality that we are achieving today, even though none were what one would consider "activists." I was struck, though, by how [with a few notable exceptions] it was societal privilege that allowed these couples to form and live their outlaw marriages. Of course it is generally the wealthy and influential whose lives are documented, but it would be interesting to see how outlaw marriages worked or if they did at all for folks lower on the socio-economic ladder. I know that the timing of publication precluded this possibility, but I would be interested in an updated version that would include Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy. I was also very moved by the author's epilogue commenting on his own outlaw marriage that after more than two decades is now legally legit thanks to marriage equality in the District of Columbia.

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