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Forcing the Spring

Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality
Becker, Jo (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Forcing the Spring begins on Election Night 2008, when a controversial California ballot initiative called Proposition 8--which removed the right of gay men and women to marry--passed alongside Barack Obama's stunning victory. Forcing the Spring details how a small but determined group of political and media insiders took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court. Gay activists and Hollywood liberals joined together to enlist attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies-- the opposing counsels on the Supreme Court's infamous Bush v. Gore ruling-- to bring a controversial legal case against Proposition 8 before the highest court in the land. Forcing the Spring is the extraordinary ringside account of this unprecedented effort to shift public opinion and reengineer the political certainties of an era"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Becker, Jo
Title: Forcing the spring
inside the fight for marriage equality
Publisher: New York, New York :, The Penguin Press,, 2014
Characteristics: 470 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jo Becker
Contents: The "pact"
A conservative icon joins the cause
"Just wait"
A mad dash
Going public
"Prove it"
Where's David?
An unexpected development
"All rise!"
"A higher arc"
History lessons
A day of surprises
Stigma
On parents and families
Who's a bigot?
A courtroom journey to the Netherlands, via Massachusetts
A judge's memories
God, gays, and political power
The naughty boy
The science of sexuality
The plaintiffs rest
Cooper's turn
"A high ol' time of it"
Victory
A trump card, reluctantly played
"Sometimes prayers work"
when a nightingale sings
Some "grist for Justice Kennedy"
8
Obama "comes out"
Chad and the case enter a new phase
A star witness's mea culpa
Chad's big test
"Don't they have a responsibility to act?"
Selma to Stonewall
Framing the arguments
Kennedy v. Kennedy
"Skim milk marriages"
"Dignity"
June is for weddings
Summary: "Forcing the Spring begins on Election Night 2008, when a controversial California ballot initiative called Proposition 8--which removed the right of gay men and women to marry--passed alongside Barack Obama's stunning victory. Forcing the Spring details how a small but determined group of political and media insiders took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court. Gay activists and Hollywood liberals joined together to enlist attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies-- the opposing counsels on the Supreme Court's infamous Bush v. Gore ruling-- to bring a controversial legal case against Proposition 8 before the highest court in the land. Forcing the Spring is the extraordinary ringside account of this unprecedented effort to shift public opinion and reengineer the political certainties of an era"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1594204446
9781594204449
Branch Call Number: 346.79401 B3957f 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: United States. Defense of Marriage Act California. Proposition 8 (2008) Same-sex marriage Law and legislation United States Cases Locus standi United States Cases Perry, Kristin Trials, litigation, etc Hollingsworth, Dennis, 1967- Trials, litigation, etc
Topical Term: Same-sex marriage
Locus standi
LCCN: 2014005342
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A Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist details how a small but determined group of political and media insiders took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • m2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow! Terrific book, well written, with amazing access to so many of the key players in the recent Marriage Equality victory at the Supreme Court, especially Chad Griffin who worked from the beginning on creating the case with the support of Rob Reiner and his wife, and Ted Olson the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs and Chris Cooper, the lead lawyer for the opposition, as well as the plaintiffs themselves, one gay and one lesbian couple hoping to marry in California. A must read if you are fascinated with the mechanics of justice in this country or invested in the fight for Marriage Equality.

Jun 25, 2014
  • merrylmix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was incredibly affirming! It was a great read although I got bogged down a bit in some of the descriptions of the process. Mostly it was a personal story that impacts hundreds of thousands Americans. It was informative and especially, affirming. A MUST read.

Jun 14, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It's sooooo great they wrote this book to celebrate the gay mind and their chronic obliviousness to pure evil and amorality: that Ted Olson is sooo veyr kewl for doing this, as his Bilderberger firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Iran-Contra -- Ted Olson, member of litigation team, Bush v. Gore -- Ted Olson, chief litigator, Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission -- Ted Olson, chief litigator, various American-based multinationals against the families of their victims, i.e., murdered labor organizers and protesters, who had been slain by assassins hired by said multinationals) does SOMETHING pro bono per year, and this was the thingy they could do! Shame on this author for saying ANYTHING positive against former Bush solictor general, Olson who, after the death of wife #3 on 9/11/01, married wife #4 as soon as the insurance settlement came through. [It's good that a positive outcome ensued, but it is so very wrong to extoll the likes of a Ted Olson - - one of America's serious public enemies.]

Jun 14, 2014
  • sandraperkins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I have read this year. Reading the "behind the scenes" story of the litigation and the public education campaign was fascinating. Hearing from the plaintiffs and others in the gay and lesbian community about the discrimination (and sometimes contempt and violence) they have faced is chilling. This book is so well written and such a page turner--even though I knew the outcome, I could hardly wait to see what would happen next. I highly recommend this book to everyone who believes that all Americans should be treated equally under the law.

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