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Why Marriage Matters
America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry
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About The Book
"At its core, the freedom-to-marry movement is about the same thing every civil rights struggle has been about: taking seriously our country's promise to be a nation its citizens can make better, its promise to be a place where people don't have to give up their differences or hide them in order to be treated equally."
Why Marriage Matters offers a compelling, intelligently reasoned discussion of a question that still remains in the national consciousness. It is the work of one of the most influential attorneys in America, who has dedicated his life to the protection of individuals' rights and our Constitution's commitment to equal justice under the law. Above all, it is a clear, straightforward book that brings into sharp focus the very human significance of the right to marry in America—not just for some couples, but for all.
Why is the word marriage so important? Will marriage for same-sex couples hurt the "sanctity" of the institution? How can people of different faiths reconcile their beliefs with the idea of marriage for same-sex couples? How will allowing gay couples to marry affect children?
In this quietly powerful volume, the most authoritative and fairly articulated book on the subject, Wolfson demonstrates why the right to marry is important—indeed necessary—for all couples and for America's promise of equality.
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 2, 2005)
- Length: 256 pages
- ISBN13: 9780743264594
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"One of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the world."
"This is one useful book. Armed with Wolfson's arguments, you could sell anyone with an IQ over room temperature on the wisdom and humanity of marriage equality."
-- The Oregonian
"Gay marriage is one of today's most hotly debated issues. Wolfson articulates the pioneering arguments that have made him one of the nation's most influential gay activists."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Evan Wolfson's Why Marriage Matters should be required reading. Wolfson's clearly articulated arguments will encourage discussion..."
-- The Advocate
"The distinctive gravity of marriage shines through Wolfson's stories of gay couples seeking recognition."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Perhaps the most important gay-marriage primer ever written....[A] cogent and moving argument..."
-- Time Out New York
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