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Civil Wars: The Battle for Gay Marriage

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In the years since Vermont became the first state to legalize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, the issue has grown from an item for state legislature agendas to one for national debate. But David Moats tells the intimate story behind the larger public battle. In an account of unstoppable narrative power, he introduces the couples who filed the suit; the lawyers who spent years championing the case; and the one openly gay legislator in Vermont who ensured victory with an impassioned, deeply personal speech delivered to the House at a crucial moment. And in a new afterword, Moats brings the story fully up to date by detailing the latest developments in the gay-marriage debate.

Civil Wars is a remarkable drama of democracy at work on a human scale-and a critical guidebook for anyone interested in the struggle yet to come.

Synopsis:

In 2000 Vermont became the first state to grant gay and lesbian couples the right to join in civil unions-a groundbreaking decision that has inspired similar legislation in six states thus far. But it was not an easy victory; the ruling sparked the fiercest political conflict in the state's memory. David Moats was in the thick of it, writing a series of balanced, humane editorials that earned a Pulitzer Prize. Now he tells the intimate stories behind the battle and introduces us to all the key actors in the struggle, including the couples who first filed suit; the lawyers who spent years championing the case; and the only openly gay legislator in Vermont, who ensured victory with an impassioned, deeply personal speech on the House floor at a crucial moment.
Civil Wars is a remarkable drama of democracy at work on a human scale.

About the Author

David Moats is the editorial page editor of the Rutland Herald, where he won that paper's first Pulitzer Prize for his series of editorials in support of same-sex unions. His articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Wash-ington Post. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE

OUR COMMON HUMANITY

BEGINNINGS

FREEDOM

FAMILY

THE CASE

THINK ANEW

ACT ANEW

A LOVER'S QUARREL

WHAT IS THE HARM?

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030038
Subtitle:
The Battle for Gay Marriage
Author:
Moats, David
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
American
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Alternative Family
Subject:
Gay couples
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050110
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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"Synopsis" by , In 2000 Vermont became the first state to grant gay and lesbian couples the right to join in civil unions-a groundbreaking decision that has inspired similar legislation in six states thus far. But it was not an easy victory; the ruling sparked the fiercest political conflict in the state's memory. David Moats was in the thick of it, writing a series of balanced, humane editorials that earned a Pulitzer Prize. Now he tells the intimate stories behind the battle and introduces us to all the key actors in the struggle, including the couples who first filed suit; the lawyers who spent years championing the case; and the only openly gay legislator in Vermont, who ensured victory with an impassioned, deeply personal speech on the House floor at a crucial moment.
Civil Wars is a remarkable drama of democracy at work on a human scale.
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