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Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for… (edição 2016)

por Debbie Cenziper (Autor), Jim Obergefell (Autor)

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"The fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades--the legalization of same-sex marriage. In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v Wade and Brown v Board of Education. Through insider accounts and access to key players, this definitive account reveals the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v Hodges and the lives at its center. This is a story of law and love--and a promise made to a dying man who wanted to know how he would be remembered. Twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had to provide married gay couples all the benefits offered to straight couples. Jim and John--who was dying from ALS--flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal. But back home, Ohio refused to recognize their union, or even list Jim's name on John's death certificate. Then they met Al Gerhardstein, a courageous attorney who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights and who now saw an opening for the cause that few others had before him. This forceful and deeply affecting narrative--Part Erin Brockovich, part Milk, part Still Alice--chronicles how this grieving man and his lawyer, against overwhelming odds, introduced the most important gay rights case in U.S. history. It is an urgent and unforgettable account that will inspire readers for many years to come"-- "The inspiring true story of the lovers and lawyers behind one of the most important national civil rights victories in decades- the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states"--… (mais)
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Título:Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality
Autores:Debbie Cenziper (Autor)
Outros autores:Jim Obergefell (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2016), Edition: 1St Edition, 304 pages
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Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality por Debbie Cenziper

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Their love affair became the marriage that changed history. This is the inspiring and touching story of the fight for marriage equality, told through the eyes of Cincinnati couple Jim Obergefell and John Arthur, their lawyer Al Gerhardstein, and the other families who joined them in the struggle. The book brings to life the stories of the actual families behind the Supreme Court decision and traces America's change of heart toward gay rights. Love for the win! ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
I guess I should have figured out sooner (1) why this book had such a hokey title and (2) why a very recently published book had the vast majority of its copies sitting unchecked out in the public library of a city overwhelmingly supportive of its subject. First, the book says it is written by two people, one a prize-winning investigative journalist and the other one of the main characters in its narrative. There is no hint the second person wrote any of it -- unless, of course, he likes writing about himself constantly in the third person. Secondly, the second author is a dominant figure but certainly not the only one of importance, and yet the publisher strives to give him star billing. While that "author" or "main subject", depending on how you view him, has a particularly unique "story" due to his partner's ultimately deadly amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) malady, in most respects, his own individual legal case is truly just one of multiple cases packaged together for comparable reasons before judicial panels. In short, his case is not more important than others mentioned. So, why the "love" emphasis and the star billing? It turns out the Pulitzer Prize winning co-author used to be the wife of a cousin of the partner of the "star". (Got all that? At least, I think I got that all straight.) This is really just a family tribute to the second author. True, the book does take the reader in general terms through various parts of getting a significant legal case before the U.S. Supreme Court, but the facts that most people will want for understanding the real legal issues are relatively few and come very, very late. Moreover, the book does a superficial job of mentioning, let alone elucidating, all the social and political factors at pay. Want to give a guy a pat on the back for a tough situation? Fine, read the book. Want to grasp all factors at pay? Go elsewhere. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
Objectively, it's probably only three-and-a-half or four stars, but for emotional impact, it's a solid five stars. I knew how it was going to end before I even read the first page and still found myself crying happy tears at the end. It's probably not going to change the minds of the bigots and assholes (I'm looking at you, Kim Davis), but it might be worth a try. ( )
1 vote BillieBook | Apr 1, 2018 |
Interesting story but wish it had stuck mainly with Jim and John. The announcement of the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges was the end of an exhausting 10 days in June. People remarked about the sort of whiplash from the Charleston Church shooting to the ruling of this case. It would uphold the right of same-sex couples to marry and that these marriages would be recognized, regardless of the jurisdiction of where it occurred.
 
This is the story of how we got here. It's about James Obergefell and John Arthur, it's about the various couples/families/individuals who experienced this struggle in various ways in different places. It's about the lawyers and the court fights. And of course we end up in the biggest court fight of all with the Supreme Court of the United States. Since it was all over the news (plus the title is a bit of a giveaway) there's no need to rehash the details.
 
Overall I was glad I read it, but I always find these types of books a bit difficult for me. I was again reminded of why I didn't go to law school (really good decision on my part). I found the law/court stuff really hard to read. I enjoyed reading a about of the lives and upbringing of both Obergefell and Arthur and appreciated the authors didn't spend *too* much time on it (sometimes these books turn into the autobiographies instead of giving just enough context and background). 
 
And while I understood that others had gone through similar stories and that it ended up in front of SCOTUS because of some of these other cases, I wasn't all that interested in the other stories. At first I was puzzled as to why I didn't like this as much as other people did and now I see why: co-author Cenziper is a reporter.I tend to have a LOT of trouble reading books by journalists since something doesn't quite translate as well from news media to books for me. Sometimes it's compelling reading and sometimes my eyes felt like they were about to fall out their head.BUT! That's a style/personal preference. Don't let this dissuade you from reading the book. It's important to read these stories and to understand that even though we are moving towards greater acceptance and understanding, it is still an ongoing process. Just because something is legal doesn't necessarily mean people don't hold their own prejudices about it and it doesn't mean people won't try to find a way to object to it anyway (looking at you, Kim Davis plus the pissy whiners who got mad the White House was lit in rainbow colors the evening of the ruling announcement).
 
If you have any interest in this story at all from the legal aspects, to reading this from Mr. Obergefell's own POV, to this particular ruling by SCOTUS, I'd recommend it. Just be aware that it might not be the most compelling reading, that's all. It's also not necessarily a reference book--there is no index, no additional list for recommended reading. That's not something that I was looking for, but just in case you're curious there isn't a resource list at the end. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
Engrossing read that details the human stories behind making this landmark victory a reality. Luba
  TNbookgroup | Feb 17, 2017 |
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"The fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades--the legalization of same-sex marriage. In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v Wade and Brown v Board of Education. Through insider accounts and access to key players, this definitive account reveals the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v Hodges and the lives at its center. This is a story of law and love--and a promise made to a dying man who wanted to know how he would be remembered. Twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had to provide married gay couples all the benefits offered to straight couples. Jim and John--who was dying from ALS--flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal. But back home, Ohio refused to recognize their union, or even list Jim's name on John's death certificate. Then they met Al Gerhardstein, a courageous attorney who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights and who now saw an opening for the cause that few others had before him. This forceful and deeply affecting narrative--Part Erin Brockovich, part Milk, part Still Alice--chronicles how this grieving man and his lawyer, against overwhelming odds, introduced the most important gay rights case in U.S. history. It is an urgent and unforgettable account that will inspire readers for many years to come"-- "The inspiring true story of the lovers and lawyers behind one of the most important national civil rights victories in decades- the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states"--

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