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Love Unites Us

Author : Kevin Cathcart
ISBN : 9781620971772
Genre : Law
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Victory may sometimes look like a sudden revolution when, in truth, it rests on years of struggle. The June 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a sweeping victory for the freedom to marry, but it was one step in a long process. Love Unites Us is the history of activists’ passion and persistence in the struggle for marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United States, told in the words of those who waged the battle. Launching the fight for the freedom to marry was neither an obvious nor an uncontested strategy. To many activists, achieving marriage equality seemed far-fetched, but the skeptics were proved wrong. Proactive arguments in favor of love, family, and commitment were more effective than arguments that focused on rights and the goal of equality at work. Telling the stories of people who loved and cared for one another, in sickness and in health, cut through the antigay noise and moved people—not without backlash and not overnight, but faster than most activists and observers had ever imagined. With compelling stories from leading attorneys and activists including Evan Wolfson, Mary L. Bonauto, Jon W. Davidson, and Paul M. Smith, Love Unites Us explains how gay and lesbian couples achieved the right to marry.

Don T Tell Me To Wait

Author : Kerry Eleveld
ISBN : 9780465073498
Genre : Political Science
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As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama distanced himself from same-sex marriage, saying he believed marriage was “a sacred union” between a man and a woman. In 2012, he did just the opposite, proclaiming it was “important” for him to affirm the right of same-sex couples to marry. This dramatic about-face put the most powerful man in the world at the front of the battle for gay rights, giving LGBT Americans and their advocates an invaluable ally in their struggle for freedom. Just one year later, the Supreme Court would strike down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, and no Democratic presidential nominee would ever again shun marriage equality. As former Advocate journalist Kerry Eleveld shows, Obama’s support transformed the issue of gay rights from a political liability into an electoral imperative, and in Don't Tell Me to Wait she offers a boots-on-the-ground account of how gay rights activists pushed the president to this political tipping point. Obama’s “evolution” on marriage equality was not the result of a benevolent politician who entered the Oval Office with a wealth of good intentions. Rather, pressure from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists changed the conversation, issue by issue. As a result of the protests and outcry following the passage of California’s same-sex marriage ban, Obama realized that overturning the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was the one 2008 campaign promise he couldn’t ignore. While pledges to other progressive constituencies fell apart during Obama’s first two years in office, the LGBT rights movement protested the administration’s fecklessness early and often. By the time the sun set on the 111th Congress, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal had become the sole piece of major progressive legislation to become law. The repeal’s overwhelming success and popularity paved the way for other LGBT advances, including the president’s eventual embrace of the freedom to marry. With unprecedented access and unparalleled insights into this hot-button issue, Don't Tell Me to Wait captures a critical moment in LGBT history and demonstrates the power of activism to change the course of a presidency—and a nation.

American Grace

Author : Robert D. Putnam
ISBN : 9781416566731
Genre : Political Science
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Draws on three national surveys on religion, as well as research conducted by congregations across the United States, to examine the profound impact it has had on American life and how religious attitudes have changed in recent decades.

Guant Namo Diary

Author : Mohamedou Ould Slahi
ISBN : 9780316328609
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An unprecedented international publishing event: the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee. Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. A federal judge ordered his release in March 2010, but the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody, "his endless world tour" of imprisonment and interrogation, and his daily life as a Guantánamo prisoner. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir---terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, GUANTÁNAMO DIARY is a document of immense historical importance and a riveting and profoundly revealing read.

The Kite Runner

Author : Khaled Hosseini
ISBN : 9781408824856
Genre : Fiction
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Street Wars

Author : Tom Hayden
ISBN : 1595580301
Genre : Social Science
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An impassioned survey of gang activity and youth violence in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York offers insight into gang culture and the high number of deaths that have occurred as a result of gang activity throughout the past twenty-five years, in an account that criticizes current policies that serve to victimize inner-city youths. Reprint.

Married Love

Author : Marie Stopes
ISBN : 9781922070234
Genre : Sex in marriage
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When it was published in 1918, Marie Stopes' Married Love became wildly popular. It was also controversial, shaking polite society with its frank advice on sex and intimacy in marriage. Today, we reissue it, with all its charm and idiosyncrasies, for a new generation of lovers. Almost a century after it appeared in print, the book described as the world's first sex manual still has much to offer in the ingénue and the experienced, giving salient advice on matters such as how to woo a woman, how to achieve sexual pleasure, and how to keep lust alive when the socks no longer come off. Containing correspondence from Stopes and her readers, and a new introduction by Clementine Ford, this fascinating text – written by one of the most progressive British feminists of her time – provides an insight into how many of our views have shifted, and surprisingly, how many have remained the same. Every couple should have this book on their nightstands. 'In my first marriage I paid such a terrible price for sex-ignorance that I feel that knowledge gained at such a cost should be placed at the service of humanity.' Marie Stopes

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