As the spotlight turns back to the U.S. Supreme Court to potentially bring national resolution to the freedom to marry, a new book by veteran marriage strategist Marc Solomon, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won, hits bookstores after weeks of critical acclaim. Solomon tells the gripping story of what it took to make a seemingly impossible goal—to win the freedom to marry for all Americans—a near reality in a relatively short period of time. He gives readers a fly-on-the-wall view of the winning strategies that have made marriage equality the most successful social movement in recent American history.
Slate Magazine has dubbed Winning Marriage “the definitive political history of marriage equality,” adding “Activists spent thousands of hours bending the arc of moral justice with their own hands.” U.S. News and World Report calls it “a playbook for progressive causes.”
The book’s release by ForeEdge/ University Press of New England comes less than a week after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the freedom to marry, creating a split among federal circuit courts and making it much more likely the U.S. Supreme Court will bring national resolution on marriage by June of 2015. The book also comes a month after the number of states where gay couples can marry skyrocketed from 19 to, soon, 35.
“Winning Marriage is a deeply-reported and deeply-felt insider’s account of the marriage equality movement,” wrote Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward. “Astute, committed, and fair-minded, Solomon’s story chronicles the political sea change on marriage equality.”
Winning Marriage begins at a time when politicians of both parties viewed marriage for gay couples as the third rail of American politics – touch it and a political career dies – to today, when nearly every Democratic and an increasing number of Republican elected officials, as well as the strong majority of American people, embrace it. Solomon provides an insider’s account of how the freedom to marry was won, bringing readers into governors’ offices, state houses, the White House and the Supreme Court, as well as into the war rooms of marriage campaigns across the country.
“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,” noted Dee Dee Myers, press secretary in the Clinton White House. “I can’t wait for the ultimate epilogue.”
Solomon has been Freedom to Marry’s national campaign director since 2010 and has campaigned full-time on marriage for more than a decade. He is hosting a national book tour with launch events in New York on November 14 and Washington, D.C. on November 18. Other cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, and Portland.