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Then Comes Marriage: United States V.…

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

by Roberta Kaplan

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Fabulous read for Pride Month -- and any other time you want to read about one of the GLBT movement's major victories. Kaplan was the lead attorney in this case, which overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, and she does an outstanding job explaining both the legal implications of such discrimination (it's much easier to follow than Kenji Yoshino's "Speak Now", about the case that overturned Prop 8 in California) and the moving story of the plaintiff, Edie Windsor, and her late spouse. She also details her journey from a closeted young woman to a powerhouse of a lawyer whose advocacy makes a difference not just for her gay clients, but for her own family. Whether it's explaining the intricacies of arguing before the US Supreme Court or opening up about her past insecurities, she does it with honesty and humor, and with a minimum of self-congratulation (even though it'd be warranted). If I ever brought such a case, I'd want Kaplan to be my lawyer -- and then my co-author! ( )
  bostonian71 | Jun 26, 2016 |
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Roberta Kaplan’s gripping story of her defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the Supreme Court.

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, 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.

8 pages of illustrations

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