The People's Victory

The People's Victory


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"“The People’s Victory is a mirror for each of us to see our own power to fight for justice and create the change we want to see in our world.” – Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California

In 1996, a small group of Americans from all walks of life banded together to create one of the most miraculous political victories in modern American history. Opponents attacked the issue of marriage equality as amoral and a direct threat to families. Allies warned that it was a generation away from being practicable and a selfish drain of precious political capital.

A stirring oral history told by those who almost inexplicably found themselves fighting on the front lines, The People's Victory recounts the successes – and the setbacks – that only served to strengthen everyone’s resolve to resist, fight, and bring equal marriage rights to an entire nation. Through it all, these love warriors found their voice and home in Marriage Equality USA, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots organization of its kind. While high profile books, articles and documentaries have covered the judicial and legislative machinations, this book puts a human face on the people who made the everyday personal sacrifices to keep the movement alive.

The People’s Victory shares deeply moving personal testimonies of over sixty people, from Marvin Burrows, who was forced out of his home and lost many treasured possessions after losing his lost his partner of fifty years; to Kate Burns, who risked arrest for the first time when she stood up for her relationship; to Mike Goettemoeller, who pushed his mother in a wheelchair with Marriage Equality USA to fulfill her dream of marching in a Pride parade.

Edie Windsor, the triumphant lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case United States vs. Windsor recounts shouting down a major LGBTQ organization with “I’m 77 years old and I can’t wait!!” when they attempted to belittle marriage as a critical issue. Writer and producer Del Shores shares the touching moment his young teenage daughter used tears and laughter to console him after the passage of Proposition 8 in California dealt a blow to the cause.

The People’s Victory is an inspirational roadmap for anyone who has felt passionately about an issue, but has questioned whether one person’s contribution can make a difference. These candid accounts once again prove that every movement for important social change must be built on the acts of everyday. In fact, that is the only way the people have ever been victorious.

In his introduction, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom writes: “I hope these stories inspire you to resist, to fight, to win and in the end write the next stories in our continuing push for a more just and perfect union.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495639074
Publisher: Marriage Equality USA
Publication date: 11/10/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) was the nation’s oldest organization and largest grassroots-driven movement dedicated to building equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community through civil marriage equality in every state and at the federal level.

Founded in 1996, MEUSA had over 40,0000 members as well as volunteer leaders and partner organizations in all 50 states, it is the largest volunteer-driven, grassroots organization of its kind engaged in education, training, organizing, action, and coalition building to win equal marriage rights and protections for LGBTQ couples and their families.

They believe in a world that protects and celebrates families without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. Their mission was to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for LGBTQ families at the state and federal level through grassroots organizing, education, action and partnerships, which they achieved when the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality fundamental rights & equal protection in Obergefell v. Hodges.

These are the stories of those driven to volunteer, which inspired and fortified the movement for equality.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lieutenant Gov. Gavin newsom 10

Introduction Brian Silva 11

The Walls, Did Indeed, Talk Christine Allen 14

Meny's "Say 'I Do' Tour" Fred Anguera 17

Live Your Life Out Loud -You Can Change the World Shelly Bailes 19

Defining Marriage: Voices from a Forty-Year Labor of Love Matt Baume 22

Ding Dong Prop 8 Is Dead Kirsten Berzon 26

The Long Wait Is Over Michael Boyajian 29

Kim and Maureen (and Bruce Springsteen): My Personal Introduction to Marriage Equality Billy Bradford 31

Billy and Molly Sittin' in a Truck… Billy Bradford 33

Every Moment of an Action Is Important Kate Burns 36

This is What DOMA Does to People-It Shatters Their Lives Marvin Burrows 39

Yes, I'm About to Ruin My Political Career Geoff Callan Mike Shaw 43

Blazing an Equality Caravan Across America Frank Joe Capley-Alfano 45

The Day I Found MEUSA and the Day That Changed My Life Sean Chapin 50

Revolution J. Scott Coatsworth 55

Equality Is Not a Slogan -It's Our Legal Right Michael Farino 62

On the Road to Equality Nationwide Stuart Gaffney John Lewis 64

Homophobia: noun Tim Garcia 68

Gender Offenders Are Brides Gone Wild! Gender Offenders 70

I Want to Lead a Gay Pride Parade Mike Goettemoeller 75

There Are Gay People Everywhere: the Fight for Marriage Equality in California's Central Valley Baltimore Gonzalez 77

Our Red Cape Campaign Tracy Hollister 80

We Are Not Going to Leave Mark "Major" Jiminez Beau Chandler 85

A Day in the Life of a Love Warrior Davina Kotulski, PH.D. 86

It's OK. I Love You. Davina Kotulski, PH.D. 90

Jolly Ranchers and Puzzle Pieces Kitty Cheryle Lambert-Rudd 92

Partners: Out4Immigration and Marriage Equality USA Amos Lim 100

Standing up by Sitting In Zack Lyons 102

A Movement Begins Cathy Marino-Thomas 105

The First MENY Wedding March Cathy Marino-Thomas 107

I Love to Cry at Weddings Michael Markiewicz 109

8 the Play Brings the Prop 8 Story to Off-B roadway Brian Maschka 111

Real Housewives of New York on the March Alex Mccord Simon Vankempen 113

Love in a Time of Exile Martha Mcdevitt-Pugh 117

Complaint Department and Organizational Recruiter Molly Mckay 123

Walk a Mile in My Shoes Peter Mesh 127

The Beehive Engagement Colleen Mewing 129

My Bird's-Eye View of Kitchen v. Herbert Folene Mewing 131

To Have and to Hold - Joy, Pain, and Pride on Parade Joy O'Donnell 133

Tax Us? Then Marry Us! Ellen Pontac 140

I Am Here to Inform the Nation About My Existence Mir Reyad 143

The Attractive Blonde Lady Michael Sabatimo Robert Voorheis 145

Gus and Elmer Michael Sabatino Robert Voorheis 147

Waiting in the Gallery Michael Sabatino Robert Voorheis 149

The First Marriage Recognition in New York State Michael Sabatino Robert Voorheis 153

I'll Look for Bill in Heaven and Tell Him You Are OK Charlie Scatamacchia 155

Testifying to Love-Why I Was Arrested Will Scott 159

My Sordid Lives Del Shores 163

May I Have the Envelope Please… Brian Silva 166

I Am No Longer That Boy Scott Smith 170

Counter-Protesting the Opposition Leslie Stewart 172

Westboro Baptist Comes to Town Leslie Stewart 174

Aftermath Stephanie Stolte 176

Six Green Turtles and a Brown Giraffe-David "Bearded Iris" Cameron Strachan 181

Keep Your Mouths Closed and Don't Look Too "Churchy" Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow 185

Making Waves in the City of Brotherly Love Robert Sullivan 190

People, All People Belong to Each Other Imam Jamila Tharp 193

Two Marches: the Brooklyn Bridge and My Sunset David Thompson 204

We Must Sit in the Front of the Marriage Bus Jan Thompson 207

From Innocent Parent to Marriage Advocate and Activist Sam Thoron 210

Think for Yourselves. You Are the Experts! Anne Tischer 214

Our MEUSA Family Joseph Vitale 217

We Are No Longer Asking for Tolerance. We Are Americans. Jokie X Wilson 220

I'm 77 Years Old and I Can't Wait! Edie Windsor 223

Freedom to Marry-the Journey to Justice Laurie York Carmen Goodyear 225

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The People's Victory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inspiring book about those on the ground who gave of themselves and who told their stories so that the LGBTQ community might enjoy the rights denied to them for so long. A must read. CS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This compilation of short stories gives us all insight to the grassroots movement and the personal stories surrounding the Marriage Equality fight. Easy read and a good insight on the personal impact of this civil rights movement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The People's Victory is about love. Through everyday and not so everyday acts, the countless volunteers of Marriage Equality USA worked tirelessly for years to change hearts and minds, one person at a time. Through telling their stories, rallying in the streets, and meeting with elected officials, they put a "face" on marriage equality that helped contribute to the momentous Supreme Court victory in 2015 declaring the freedom to marry for all Americans. This book is a testament to all of the "Love Warriors" and to everyone who fights for civil rights and justice. Take the time to read it. You'll be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personal stories about public transformation! A one-of-a-kind book on the marriage equality movement with stories from everyday people who had the audacity to believe they could change the world and became the leaders who did!