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The Resource Then comes marriage : United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA, Roberta Kaplan ; with Lisa Dickey ; foreword by Edie Windsor

Then comes marriage : United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA, Roberta Kaplan ; with Lisa Dickey ; foreword by Edie Windsor

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Then comes marriage : United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA
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Then comes marriage
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United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA
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Roberta Kaplan ; with Lisa Dickey ; foreword by Edie Windsor
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eng
Summary
  • "Roberta Kaplan's gripping story of her defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the Supreme Court,"--Amazon.com
  • From the beginning that it was the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together as a couple, in sickness and in health, for more than forty years, enduring society's homophobia as well as Spyer's near total paralysis from multiple sclerosis. Although the couple was finally able to marry, when Spyer died the federal government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax bill. Kaplan shares the behind-the-scenes highs and lows, the excitement and the worries, and provides intriguing insights into her historic argument before the Supreme Court
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Review
  • The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional life led by her client. This is a heartwarming and inspiring account of one widow's pursuit of justice and dignity. -- Darren Nelson, Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WA. (LibraryReads, October 2015)
  • /* Starred Review */ Civil rights lawyer Kaplan, who helped bring down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in the case United States v. Windsor , shares the remarkable story of the landmark victory for gay rights. Along with detailing her legal strategy in the lower courts, Kaplan weaves her own coming out story and her personal relationship into the story of her clients Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, but those details never compete. Instead, they provide a revealing juxtaposition of how two very different generations of lesbians wrestled with the social attitudes of their times. It’s a timely, well-told story, brimming with observations about the importance of family and Kaplan’s Jewish heritage. Her explanations of the intricacies of U.S. constitutional law are deft and accessible to the layperson, especially when she divulges the strategy of focusing their legal case on Justice Anthony Kennedy’s jurisprudence. Kaplan’s rallying cry “It’s all about Edie, stupid” keeps the stories of two remarkable women at the center of this historic legal and human drama. Photos. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 10, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 32, p)
  • Lead attorney Kaplan brings us a behind-the-scenes, insider view of the titular Windsor case from inception to U.S. Supreme Court decision. A litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Kaplan has been involved in the legal struggle for queer family rights since the mid-1990s. In 2009, the author was approached about the possibility of representing Edie Windsor (who provides the foreword to the book) in her claim against the federal government over nonrecognition of her marriage to Thea Spyer following Spyer's death. Kaplan would end up taking the case pro bono and making an appearance before the Supreme Court. Kaplan weaves her own story of coming out, marriage, and family life into a tale of nail-biting legal strategy that culminates in the 2013 decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. Although the mainstream media has often focused on male advocates of marriage rights for same-sex couples, Kaplan's book reminds us of how many women have been central to marriage equality's recent legal victories. VERDICT Readers with an interest in constitutional law and Supreme Court politics, as well as the road to marriage equality, will find this account deliciously gripping. [See Prepub Alert, 5/4/15.]— Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook, Massachusetts Historical Soc. Lib., Boston --Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook (Reviewed September 15, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 15, p90)
  • A key litigator who argued and helped defeat the Defense of Marriage Act describes the process, the politics, and the history behind the watershed Supreme Court ruling. In 2009, private attorney Kaplan agreed to represent Edith Windsor, a former computer programming whiz whose wife of 44 years, Thea Spyer, had recently died. Though the couple had married legally in Canada, their union was not recognized in the United States, leaving Windsor owing thousands of dollars in estate taxes as the sole heir to her late wife's holdings. Kaplan personalizes the narrative with an account of her coming-out process in 1991 as a Harvard and Columbia University graduate and the daughter of a homophobic mother. The author openly shares the timeline of her own marriage to political activist Rachel Lavine as well as a "rainbow coalition" of gutsy LGBT legal advocates and the many cases incrementally paving the way toward equal rights. Kaplan also fondly recognizes the extraordinary connection she'd previously had with Spyer, who had been her psychotherapist when she was a young lesbian. As the heavily publicized lawsuit proceeded against DOMA, which essentially considered the couple "legal strangers," Kaplan's oral arguments before Supreme Court justices, bolstered by Windsor's affidavits, proved a victorious combination and opened the door for further same-sex equality measures. Equally engaging is the story of the genesis of Windsor and Spyer's four-decade romance, a love that persevered despite the closeted 1950s era from which it emerged. Published on the heels of the 2015 landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage legalization ruling, Kaplan's narrative is accessible and provides a greater understanding and valuing of the great strides and sacrifices made on behalf of same-sex civil rights. Kaplan delivers a well-rounded, informative, and illuminating perspective on the complexities of nontraditional marriage.(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2015)
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Kaplan, Roberta A
Dewey number
346.7301/68
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
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non fiction
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  • Dickey, Lisa
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United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA
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Then comes marriage : United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA, Roberta Kaplan ; with Lisa Dickey ; foreword by Edie Windsor
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Includes index
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Gay pride -- Parents and second parents -- The beginnings of a new perspective -- Be brave -- do the right thing -- A very long engagement -- The rest was just dancing -- It's all about Edie, stupid -- Sometimes, prayer works -- Superior dance -- Professor Diamond and Captain Underpants -- Perfectly pleased -- Be our guest -- To de-gay or not to de-gay -- Already married, already gay -- Skim milk -- Equal dignity
Control code
1415669
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393248678
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015023636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393248678
  • (OCoLC)902661501
Label
Then comes marriage : United States v. Windsor and the defeat of DOMA, Roberta Kaplan ; with Lisa Dickey ; foreword by Edie Windsor
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Gay pride -- Parents and second parents -- The beginnings of a new perspective -- Be brave -- do the right thing -- A very long engagement -- The rest was just dancing -- It's all about Edie, stupid -- Sometimes, prayer works -- Superior dance -- Professor Diamond and Captain Underpants -- Perfectly pleased -- Be our guest -- To de-gay or not to de-gay -- Already married, already gay -- Skim milk -- Equal dignity
Control code
1415669
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393248678
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015023636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393248678
  • (OCoLC)902661501

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