In this updated, paperback edition of Winning Marriage, Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign to win and protect the freedom to marry. With depth and grace he reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has championed and protected advances won in legislative, court, and electoral battles over the years since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time. The paperback edition includes a new afterword on the historic 2015 Supreme Court ruling on marriage that includes practical lessons from the marriage campaign that are applicable to other social movements. From the gritty clashes in the state legislatures of Massachusetts and New York to the devastating loss at the ballot box in California in 2008 and subsequent ballot wins in 2012 to the joys of securing President Obama’s support and achieving ultimate victory in the Supreme Court, Marc Solomon has been at the center of one of the great civil and human rights movements of our time. Winning Marriage recounts the struggle with some of the world’s most powerful forcesthe Catholic hierarchy, the religious right, and cynical ultraconservative political operativesand the movement’s eventual triumph.
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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 spokespersonon 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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.’”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.