Roberta Kaplan's gripping story of her defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the Supreme Court. Attorney Roberta Kaplan knew it was the perfect case. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had stayed together for better or worse, for forty-four years-battling through society's homophobia and Spyer's paralysis from MS. The couple married in Canada in 2007, but when Spyer died two years later, the US government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax. In this landmark work, Kaplan describes her strategy in the lower courts and her preparation and rehearsals before moot courts, and she shares insights into the dramatic oral argument before the Supreme Court justices. Then Comes Marriage is the story of the relationship behind the watershed case, Kaplan's own difficult coming-out journey, and the fascinating unfolding of United States v. Windsor. Full of never-before-told details, this is the momentous account of a thrilling historic and political victory for gay rights.
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"Narrator Andrea Gallo captures the personal and professional journeys of attorney Roberta Kaplan in this history of how one couple of 44 years managed to undo the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and thus made marriage legal for same-sex couples. Gallo balances her delivery well, providing the right tone and emphasis as Kaplan juxtaposes her emotional struggles with her own coming-out story and her struggles as the lawyer who ultimately argued the case of same-sex couple Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer in front of the Supreme Court. Gallo's personal approach blends smoothly with the more deliberate exposition she must communicate when discussing the legalistic elements of the story. Gallo's narration adds emotional impact to this chapter in the long battle for marriage equality. L.E. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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