Operation Marriageby Cynthia Chin-Lee, Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
Set in the San Francisco Bay area months before the passage of Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, this heartwarming picture book tells the humorous story of two stubborn kids who take matters into their own hands. When Alex loses her best friend in an argument over her family not being “traditional,” she and her younger brother set out to
Set in the San Francisco Bay area months before the passage of Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, this heartwarming picture book tells the humorous story of two stubborn kids who take matters into their own hands. When Alex loses her best friend in an argument over her family not being “traditional,” she and her younger brother set out to convince their two mothers to have a real wedding. Though their parents are content with the commitment ceremony they had years earlier, their children’s determination prevails and couple is able to become legally married before the proposition takes effect. Their love for each other proves contagious as their neighbors begin to see past their prejudice and accept them for who they have always been: a normal, affectionate family. Based on a true story, this is a touching tale about those who face real challenges in their struggle for equality.
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By Cynthia Chin-Lee, Lea Lyon
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After school my best friend Zach said to me, "We can't be best friends anymore."
"It's your parents, Alex.
They're ... they're not really married."
"Of course they're married," I said. My face got red hot.
"No, they're not. My dad says two women can't be married."
He dashed away.
I was so mad I felt like punching someone.
I got my little brother Nicky and we walked home.
When we arrived, I told Mama Kathy what happened.
She hugged me, but I didn't feel like hugging back.
Nicky told her. "We want you to get married to Mama Lee!"
"But Mama Lee and I are married," she said.
"But Zach's family doesn't think so," I said.
"You're right," Mama Kathy said. "We had a commitment ceremony, but we couldn't get a marriage license back then."
"So you're not really married?" I asked.
"Well, no, but we've done everything possible to have the same rights as married people. You know that I've adopted both of you."
Mama Lee came home from work and heard what happened.
"Let's get out the videos."
She and Mama Kathy dug through the trunks in the attic and got the video of their commitment ceremony.
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Meet the Author
Cynthia Chin-Lee is the author of A Is for the Americas, A Is for Asia, Akira to Zoltan, and Amelia to Zora. She lives in Palo Alto, California. Lea Lyon is an award-winning children's book illustrator, a painting teacher, and a portrait artist. She is the illustrator of Keep Your Ear on the Ball, The Miracle Jar, Playing War, and Say Something. She lives in Richmond, California.
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