Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws

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Yale University Press
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6.4 X 9.3 X 2.5 inches | 3.43 pounds

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About the Author
William N. Eskridge Jr. is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School. Christopher R. Riano is the executive director of the Center for Civic Education and a lecturer in constitutional law and government at Columbia University.
"[A] magnum opus about the political and legal path to Obergefell."--Eric Cervini, New York Times Book Review

"[A] comprehensive history of the battle for equal marriage rights in America. . . . LGBTQ allies and legal students will be rewarded by the impressive survey of how far the gay rights movement has come."--Publishers Weekly

"A richly detailed, panoramic account of one of the most profound civil rights movements in history--the battle to achieve equality for the relationships of committed same-sex couples. . . . Marriage Equality does more than simply document facts in a story, it unpacks the deeper, complex account of the struggle and the humanity that informed this important battle for LGBTQ dignity and equal rights."--from the American Bar Association's 2021 Silver Gavel Award citation

Winner of the 2021 Silver Gavel Award, sponsored by the American Bar Association

"A comprehensive, thought-provoking, and compelling account of the fight for marriage equality in the United States. The authors deftly outline the history and ultimate downfall of marriage exclusion policies. A must read!"--Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign

"An extraordinary account of the nation's awakening to LGBTQ people and the struggle for marriage equality. With portraits of participants on both sides, strategic revelations, and accessible analysis covering decades, we see how change happens and the challenges ahead."--Mary Bonauto, attorney at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

"Eskridge and Riano provide the definitive account of one of the most important transformations in American history: how same-sex marriage became legal in the USA. Their insightful report is a classic."--Lynn D. Wardle, Professor of Law Emeritus, Brigham Young University

"This monumental account of all aspects of the marriage equality movement--judicial, legislative, political, and social--is scholarly while intensely personal, informed by interviews of committed couples, legislators, lawyers, judges."--Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of California (1996-2011)

"To win the freedom to marry, we needed a shared strategy, a sustained campaign, and a movement of many methodologies and players. Bursting with colorful unearthed details and kaleidoscopic, often divergent perspectives, Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws richly portrays the multiplicity within that movement and the epic transformation we achieved in hearts and minds--and then the law."--Evan Wolfson, founder, Freedom to Marry