Forcing the Spring

Forcing the Spring

Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality

Book - 2014
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"Forcing the Spring begins on Election Night 2008, when a controversial California ballot initiative called Proposition 8--which removed the right of gay men and women to marry--passed alongside Barack Obama's stunning victory. Forcing the Spring details how a small but determined group of political and media insiders took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court. Gay activists and Hollywood liberals joined together to enlist attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies--the opposing counsels on the Supreme Court's infamous Bush v. Gore ruling--to bring a controversial legal case against Proposition 8 before the highest court in the land. Forcing the Spring is the extraordinary ringside account of this unprecedented effort to shift public opinion and reengineer the political certainties of an era"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594204449
Branch Call Number: 346.79401 B3886f 2014
Characteristics: 470 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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May 11, 2015

Very well written book about the inside the story court fight re two of the most odious pieces of legislation in recent history - the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. Most remarkable is how two diametrically opposed attorneys - Ted Olson and David Boies, who faced off each other in the Bush v Gore debacle - were recruited, and worked together, to launch the lawsuit that led to Prop 8 being struck down. (DOMA was itself struck in a separate suit). In the end, Boies and Olson won on a technicality, but they started the ball rolling towards equality in marriage everywhere in America, and that is to be commended.

m2 Jul 09, 2014

Wow! Terrific book, well written, with amazing access to so many of the key players in the recent Marriage Equality victory at the Supreme Court, especially Chad Griffin who worked from the beginning on creating the case with the support of Rob Reiner and his wife, and Ted Olson the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs and Chris Cooper, the lead lawyer for the opposition, as well as the plaintiffs themselves, one gay and one lesbian couple hoping to marry in California. A must read if you are fascinated with the mechanics of justice in this country or invested in the fight for Marriage Equality.

Jun 25, 2014

This book was incredibly affirming! It was a great read although I got bogged down a bit in some of the descriptions of the process. Mostly it was a personal story that impacts hundreds of thousands Americans. It was informative and especially, affirming. A MUST read.

Jun 14, 2014

It's sooooo great they wrote this book to celebrate the gay mind and their chronic obliviousness to pure evil and amorality: that Ted Olson is sooo veyr kewl for doing this, as his Bilderberger firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Iran-Contra -- Ted Olson, member of litigation team, Bush v. Gore -- Ted Olson, chief litigator, Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission -- Ted Olson, chief litigator, various American-based multinationals against the families of their victims, i.e., murdered labor organizers and protesters, who had been slain by assassins hired by said multinationals) does SOMETHING pro bono per year, and this was the thingy they could do! Shame on this author for saying ANYTHING positive against former Bush solictor general, Olson who, after the death of wife #3 on 9/11/01, married wife #4 as soon as the insurance settlement came through. [It's good that a positive outcome ensued, but it is so very wrong to extoll the likes of a Ted Olson - - one of America's serious public enemies.]

Jun 14, 2014

This is one of the best books I have read this year. Reading the "behind the scenes" story of the litigation and the public education campaign was fascinating. Hearing from the plaintiffs and others in the gay and lesbian community about the discrimination (and sometimes contempt and violence) they have faced is chilling. This book is so well written and such a page turner--even though I knew the outcome, I could hardly wait to see what would happen next. I highly recommend this book to everyone who believes that all Americans should be treated equally under the law.


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