From the closet to the altar : courts, backlash, and the struggle for same-sex marriage / Michael J. Klarman.
Author: Klarman, Michael J.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780199922109 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
0199922101 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
Description: xii, 276 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Same-sex marriage Law and legislation United States History.
Gay couples Legal status, laws, etc. United States History.
Same-sex marriage Law and legislation United States States.
Civil unions Law and legislation United States.
LAW / Civil Rights. bisacsh
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy. bisacsh
Contents: World War II to Stonewall (1950s and 1960s) -- Stonewall to Bowers (1970s and 1980s) -- Hawaii and the "Defense of Marriage" (1990s) -- Baker (Vermont) and Lawrence (1999-2003) -- Goodridge (Massachusetts) and its backlash (2003-2008) -- The gay marriage Spring (2009) -- Backlash (Again) : Maine and Iowa (2009-2010) -- To the present -- Why backlash? Part 1 : Courts and public opinion -- Why backlash? Part 2 : Politics and federalism -- Looking to the future : the inevitability of gay marriage.
Summary: "Same-sex marriage, a politically and culturally untenable idea only a quarter century ago, has become one of the most controversial issues in American life. Klarman, who has examined virtually every state-level judicial decision and all of the legislative attempts to overturn same-sex marriage, contends that the movement has in many respects not only hurt its own cause by generating populist backlash, but has created a countervailing social movement that works against progressive causes on a host of other issues.--