Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America
A Book Talk with Nathaniel Frank, Director of Columbia Law School's "What We Know" Project
BookCulture on Columbus - 450 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
Wednesday, June 7th
Join us Wednesday, June 7th at 7pm for a discussion of Nathaniel Frank's new book, Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America.
The right of same-sex couples to marry provoked decades of intense conflict before it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. Nathaniel Frank tells the dramatic story of how an idea that once seemed unfathomable—and for many gays and lesbians undesirable—became a legal and moral right in just half a century.
Awakening begins in the 1950s, when millions of gays and lesbians were afraid to come out, let alone fight for equality. Across the social upheavals of the next two decades, a gay rights movement emerged with the rising awareness of the equal dignity of same-sex love. A cadre of LGBTQ lawyers soon began to focus on legal recognition for same-sex couples, if not yet on marriage itself. It was only after being pushed by a small set of committed lawyers and grassroots activists that established movement groups created a successful strategy to win marriage in the courts.
Marriage equality proponents had to fight against virulent antigay opponents and capture the American center by spreading the simple message that love is love, ultimately propelling the LGBTQ community—and America—immeasurably closer to justice.
Nathaniel Frank is Director of the What We Know Project at Columbia Law School.
This event will be held at Book Culture on Columbus
450 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024
This event is free and open to the public. No formal RSVP is required.