Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Forcing the spring : inside the fight for marriage equality / Jo Becker.

By: Becker, Jo (Journalist) [author.].
Material type: TextTextDescription: 481 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780143127239; 0143127233.Subject(s): Hollingsworth, Dennis, 1967- -- Trials, litigation, etc | Perry, Kristin -- Trials, litigation, etc | Hollingsworth, Dennis, 1967- | Perry, Kristin | California. Proposition 8 (2008) | United States. Defense of Marriage Act | Defense of Marriage Act (United States) | Proposition 8 (California : 2008) | Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Cases | Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation -- California -- Cases | Locus standi -- United States -- Cases | Gay rights -- Political aspects -- United States | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies | Locus standi | Same-sex marriage -- Law and legislation | Trials | California | United StatesGenre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc.DDC classification: 346.79401/68
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 election 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.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
Fiction notes: Click to open in new window
Item type Current location Call number Status Date due Barcode
Book University of Texas At Tyler
Stacks - 3rd Floor
KF229.H654 B43 2015 (Browse shelf) Available 0000002346286

Includes new afterword.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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.

"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 election 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.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

This account is a superb examination of the most important civil rights issue of the early-21st century. It begins with the campaign to defeat Proposition 8 in California. This is political and legal journalism on the issue of marriage equality at its best. Becker was able to gain incredible access to the plaintiffs' team of lawyers. Readers see the legal strategies develop, the politics of the same-sex marriage issue play out, and the human sides of the story on vivid display. The book reads like a thriller, unfolding page by page with an examination of the trial seeking to overturn Proposition 8 that brought together the legal odd couple of Ted Olson and David Boies. Becker examines the key players in the Department of Justice and the White House (including the evolution of President Obama on the issue) and the initial reluctance of the gay community to pursue victory through the judicial process following the passage of Proposition 8. Although Becker was not given access to the internal workings of the defense team, lead defense lawyer Chuck Cooper later spent many hours with the author explaining the defense's thinking and strategy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and undergraduate students at all levels. --William K. Hall, Bradley University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

JO BECKER is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times , where she has broken stories on everything from the United States' lethal program to kill suspected terrorists to the British phone-hacking affair and the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal. She has taught investigative journalism as a visiting professor at Princeton University, and her work has earned her numerous awards. A Washington Post series she coauthored on Vice President Dick Cheney won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.<br> <br> @Jo_Becker<br> <br> www.JoBecker.net

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.