Insider account of marriage movement, by Marc Solomon, hits shelves today
November 12, 2014
Today, November 12, Winning Marriage: The Insider Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits–and Won by Freedom to Marry's National Campaign Director Marc Solomon, was released. The book tells the fascinating story of what it took to make a seemingly impossible goal - the freedom to marry for all couples across the nation - into a near reality. 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.
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.
Bob Woodward, Washington Post Associate Editor, wrote in a review of the book:
Winning Marriage is a deeply-reported and deeply-felt insider’s account of the marriage equality movement. 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.
Dee Dee Myers, press secretary in the Clinton White House, described the emotional effect that the story has, saying, "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. I can’t wait for the ultimate epilogue."
Marc 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 accross the nation. RSVP and see the dates below:
- New York, NY: Friday, November 14 (RSVP)
- Washington, DC: Tuesday, November 18 (RSVP)
- Minneapolis, MN: Thursday, November 20 (RSVP)
- Kansas City, MO: Monday, November 24 (RSVP)
- Chicago, IL: Monday, December 15 (RSVP)
Winning Marriage has received rave reviews this month, with U.S. News & World Report calling the book a "playbook for progressive causes" and Slate.com heralding the book's detailed breakdown on how supporters moved the needle forward. Slate.com writes:
America’s increasing acceptance of gay rights didn’t descend silently like snow in the middle of the night. It arose out of the grueling, indefatigable campaigns by groups like Freedom to Marry, whose activists spent thousands of hours bending that arc with their own hands. As Solomon painstakingly illustrates, these groups lobbied legislatures literally vote by vote, reached out to every voter in every district, rallied and paraded while a majority of the country shrugged or scowled. The gay rights coalition needed to build a groundswell in favor of marriage equality. This, they decided, was the only way to do it.