Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    What I'm Giving | November 29, 2014

    Neil Patrick Harris: IMG Neil Patrick Harris: What I'm Giving



    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

    spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

This title in other editions

Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage

Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"[A] gripping piece of journalistic history....Moats's account emerges as essential reading for Americans on both sides of the partisan aisle." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A heartening book, and tonic for these politically polarized times." The New York Times

Review:

"Moats has...written a clear and fair-minded account of what may be the most important domestic social issue facing 21st-century America." Library Journal

Review:

"A fascinating book." The Desert News

Book News Annotation:

Moats, journalist and editor of the Rutland Herald (Vermont), writes a humane, deeply felt account of the story of three same-sex couples whose request for marriage licenses in their small Vermont towns eventually led all the way to the state Supreme Court and ignited some of the fiercest legal, political, social, and cultural struggle the state had seen.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

David Moats is the editorial-page editor at the Rutland Herald, where he won that paper's first Pulitzer Prize for his series of editorials in support of same-sex unions in Vermont. He is also a playwright who has authored a dozen plays. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

Table of 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:
9780151010172
Subtitle:
A Battle for Gay Marriage
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Moats, David
Location:
Orlando, Fla.
Subject:
American
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Alternative Family
Subject:
Gay couples
Subject:
Same-sex marriage
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1737-19
Publication Date:
20040202
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Gay and Lesbian » Fiction and Poetry » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 304 pages Harcourt - English 9780151010172 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] gripping piece of journalistic history....Moats's account emerges as essential reading for Americans on both sides of the partisan aisle."
"Review" by , "A heartening book, and tonic for these politically polarized times."
"Review" by , "Moats has...written a clear and fair-minded account of what may be the most important domestic social issue facing 21st-century America."
"Review" by , "A fascinating book."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.