Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits--and Won

Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits--and Won

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ISBN-13: 9781611688993
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


MARC SOLOMON has served as the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry since 2010 where he directed programs to win marriage nationwide. In 15 years of work on marriage equality, he led the campaign to protect marriage in Massachusetts and played leading roles in multiple other state campaigns. He has innovated programs to make advances with both the Democratic and Republican Parties, and has led efforts to enlist elected officials and business leaders to the cause. He is a regular media spokesperson—on television and radio and in print.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Governor Deval Patrick • Author’s Note • Prologue • State Victories and Other Key Milestones, 2003–2013 • MASSACHUSETTS • The Decision Heard ’round the World • Tying the Knot • Do-or-Die Elections • Organizing for the Fight • Defying Gravity • Sealing the Deal • NEW YORK • How Did This Happen? • Cuomo • The Republicans • Sealing the Deal (Redux) • WINNING AT THE BALLOT • Losing California • Preparing for the Ballot • The Final Stretch • A PRESIDENTIAL JOURNEY • Fierce Advocate? • Evolving • Cementing a Legacy • COURTING JUSTICE • Courting Justice • Epilogue • Afterword: On the Final Supreme Court Decision • Acknowledgments • Index

What People are Saying About This

Bob Woodward

“Winning Marriage is a deeply reported and deeply felt insider’s account of the marriage equality movement. Astute, committed, and fair-minded, Solomon’s story chronicles the political sea change on marriage equality. Solomon is an authoritative voice, observer, and participant. This is an important history about how America is changing.”

Dee Dee Myers

“In Winning Marriage, Marc Solomon tells the riveting story of the long battle for marriage equality, with its strategic discipline and internal conflicts, principled leaders and committed adversaries, unexpected setbacks and lucky breaks. Even though I knew where each chapter would end, I was drawn into Marc’s detailed, carefully researched and deeply personal account — and it left me wiping my eyes and pumping my fist. I can’t wait for the ultimate epilogue.”

Christine Chavez

“Solomon's powerful account of this enormously successful civil rights battle is both an inspiration and a hugely important guide for strategists, organizers, and everyone else who seeks to take on the system and create what my grandfather called ‘a revolution of the mind and heart.’”

Chris Hughes

“It’s hard to imagine a more thorough, lively account of the fight for marriage equality coming from someone who labored on the front lines for over a decade. Marc traces in careful detail the emergence of the first major social movement of this century in a way that will inspire activists on the side of justice and equality for decades to come.”

Chris Anderson

“As one of the key players in the quest for marriage equality, Marc has an amazing story to tell. This movement was years in the making, yet the speed and manner in which opinion on the topic has changed is breathtaking. Marc’s ringside narrative of this achievement is inspiring and historic.”

Barney Frank

“Marc Solomon's book is one of the most valuable I've read about the fight for legal equality for LGBT people. It is by far the best, and most accurate, of the accounts to legalize same-sex marriage. His narration demonstrates the crucial role that the intelligent, disciplined approach to the political process played in the successes we have won.”

Eric Garcetti

“The recent and unprecedented victories we’ve seen in the battle to secure marriage equality would not have been possible without Marc Solomon. In Winning Marriage, he delivers a compelling and moving inside story.”

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RobHuttmeyer More than 1 year ago
This book tells of the process for securing marriage equality in various states across America.  The book is a narrative discussing the behind-the-scenes action in Massachusetts, New York, and the process of transformation of President Obama.  This book is especially helpful as it is told by the head of the Massachusetts effort.  This book is just as interesting for the way a group of dedicated activists change public opinion on a cultural issue as well as the aspects of how to run a campaign.  The book explains how and why the marriage equality movement changed its tactics in order to create the social change that came about in such a short time.