Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA

Roberta Kaplan (Author) Lisa Dickey (With)
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Renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan knew from the beginning that it was the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together as a couple, in sickness and in health, for more than forty years--enduring society's homophobia as well as Spyer's near total paralysis from multiple sclerosis. Although the couple was finally able to marry, when Spyer died the federal government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax bill.

In this gripping, definitive account of one of our nation's most significant civil rights victories--named a Ms. Magazine Top 10 Feminist Book of 2015 and a National Law Journal Top 10 Supreme Court Aficionado Book of 2015--Kaplan describes meeting Windsor and their journey together to defeat DOMA. She shares the behind-the-scenes highs and lows, the excitement and the worries, and provides intriguing insights into her historic argument before the Supreme Court. A critical and previously untold part of the narrative is Kaplan's own personal story, including her struggle for self-acceptance in order to create a loving family of her own.

Then Comes Marriage tells this quintessentially American story with honesty, humor, and heart. It is the momentous yet intimate account of a thrilling victory for equality under the law for all Americans, gay or straight.

Product Details

Price
$27.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
October 05, 2015
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.39 X 0.91 X 9.58 inches | 1.48 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780393248678
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About the Author

Roberta Kaplan is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Since winning United States v. Windsor, she litigated the case against the gay marriage ban in Mississippi and filed "The People's Brief" in the Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges. She lives in New York City with her wife and son.
Lisa Dickey is an author and ghostwriter who has helped write seventeen published nonfiction books, including eight New York Times bestsellers. Dickey began her career in St. Petersburg, Russia, writing articles for The Moscow Times and USA Today. She is an accomplished storyteller, appearing at live events such as the Moth Grand Slam.She lives in Los Angeles.
Edie Windsor was an American LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM. She was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor, which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which provided that the term spouse only applied to marriages between a man and woman, and was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States. In 2013 she was the Grand Marshal of the New York City LGBT Pride March and the runner-up, to Pope Francis, for Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Edie died from complications from surgery on September 12, 2017. She is survived by her second wife, Judith Kasen.

Reviews

This book tells all. Two great love stories (Robbie and Rachel, Thea and Edie), the trial, and all the internal struggles. It was so interesting and well-written that I could not stop reading it.--Robin Tyler
[A] page-turning, powerful new book.--Michelangelo Signorile
A fast-paced, engaging account.... Kaplan breaks down the legal and procedural issues for nonlawyers and preserves suspense even where we know the outcome.--Jeffrey S. Trachtman
[A] scintillating read.... [Kaplan and Dickey] weave a fascinating narrative that gives the reader an insight into one of the Supreme Court's most provocative cases.... This book deserves a place on everyone's shelf.--Joan M. Burda
Compelling.... Kaplan deftly uses [Thea Spyer and Edie Windsor's] story as a lens through which to consider a broader set of inequities, less about marriage than common human decency.... [A] deeply moving book.--David Ulin
Along with detailing her legal strategy in the lower courts, Kaplan weaves her own coming-out story and her personal relationship into the story of her clients Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer...provid[ing] a revealing juxtaposition of how two very different generations of lesbians wrestled with the social attitudes of their times. It's a timely, well-told story, brimming with observations about the importance of family.... Kaplan's rallying cry, 'It's all about Edie, stupid, ' keeps the stories of two remarkable women at the center of this historic legal and human drama.
United States v. Windsor was a landmark ruling, and the case's architect, Roberta Kaplan, emerged as a true American hero. Then Comes Marriage is a riveting account of a watershed moment in our history, and the strategy, ingenuity, and humanity that made it happen.--President Bill Clinton