By Marc Solomon, Deval Patrick
During this up-to-date, paperback variation of successful Marriage, Marc Solomon, a veteran chief within the circulate for marriage equality, offers the reader a seat on the strategy-setting and decision-making desk within the crusade to win and safeguard the liberty to marry. With intensity and style he finds the internal workings of the advocacy circulate that has championed and guarded advances received in legislative, courtroom, and electoral battles through the years because the landmark Massachusetts ruling ensuring marriage for same-sex for the 1st time.
The paperback variation contains a new afterword at the ancient 2015 perfect courtroom ruling on marriage that incorporates useful classes from the wedding crusade which are acceptable to different social activities. From the gritty clashes within the country legislatures of Massachusetts and manhattan to the devastating loss on the poll field in California in 2008 and next poll wins in 2012 to the fun of securing President Obama’s help and reaching final victory within the superb court docket, Marc Solomon has been on the heart of 1 of the nice civil and human rights activities of our time. profitable Marriage recounts the fight with the various world’s strongest forces—the Catholic hierarchy, the non secular correct, and cynical ultraconservative political operatives—and the movement’s eventual triumph.
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It was clear to her that marriage, and only marriage, would suffice. So Mary didn’t view that as a threat. To Mary, there were only two ways that marriages could be stopped from ever happening. First was a lawsuit that would overturn the decision or delay its implementation. Since the opinion came from the Massachusetts high court, a state court intervention seemed implausible. The only case that could have a fighting chance was a federal challenge. The other option that Mary could imagine was Governor Romney simply refusing to allow clerks to issue marriage licenses.
First, an amendment could originate in the Legislature. If it passed the Legislature by majority vote twice — in two consecutive legislative sessions — it would go to the people for a vote. With a majority vote of the public, it would be added to the Constitution. The other way was through a citizen-initiative process. If our opponents collected a sufficient number of signatures — approximately 65,000 — the amendment would be referred to the Legislature. It still had to be voted on in two consecutive sessions, but this time it would need only 25 percent support from the Legislature to advance to the ballot.
I was selected to participate in a fellowship called Next Generation Leadership, or NGL for short, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. It brought cohorts of advocates together a half dozen times over the course of two years to probe different challenges facing democracy. We went to Mississippi for four days to discuss inequality and race, to Los Angeles to focus on immigration, and to South Africa to explore a newly emerging democracy with its profoundly difficult history and its struggles with the AIDS epidemic.