Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

Cenziper, Debbie & . Morrow. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062456083. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062456090. LAW
Author Obergefell and his partner, John Arthur, married in Maryland in July 2013. On October 22, 2013, Arthur died of ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. The couple's home state of Ohio did not recognize their marriage, and Arthur's death certificate listed him with no surviving spouse. This book begins with the story of Obergefell's fight to amend his husband's death certificate and evolves into an account of gay couples, their children, and their fight for recognition. Cenziper, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the Washington Post, wrote this work with Obergefell. Together, they do a thorough job of exploring the history of discrimination against LGBT Americans that led to the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges. The book also tells of the plaintiffs, the legal teams on both sides, and the circumstances that brought them to the case. While the legal strategies of the case are fully explored, the personal lives of the participants are the narrative's draw.
VERDICT A fascinating look at the fight for gay marriage and at the experiences of gay couples and families. Recommended for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 12/14/15.]
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