Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (Hardcover)
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The riveting inside story of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on Proposition 8 by the two lawyers who argued the case
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a pair of landmark decisions, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and eliminating California's discriminatory Proposition 8, reinstating the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians in California.
"Redeeming the Dream" is the story of how David Boies and Theodore B. Olson who argued against each other all the way to the Supreme Court in "Bush v. Gore" joined forces after that titanic battle to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day. As allies and not foes, they tell the fascinating story of the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry, from Proposition 8's adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land in "Hollingsworth v. Perry" in 2013.
Boies and Olson guide readers through the legal framing of the case, making crystal clear the constitutional principles of due process and equal protection in support of marriage equality while explaining, with intricacy, the basic human truths they set out to prove when the duo put state-sanctioned discrimination on trial.
"Redeeming the Dream" offers readers an authoritative, dramatic, and up-close account of the most important civil rights issue fought and won since "Brown v. Board of Education" and "Loving v. Virginia.
About the Author
Selected by "Time" magazine in 2010 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, David Boies is the most prominent trial lawyer in the United States and has litigated some of the highest profile cases in recent history, including "Westmoreland v. CBS," "United States v. Microsoft," and "Bush v. Gore." Also selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by "Time" magazine in 2010, Theodore B. Olson is the premier appellate lawyer in the country. He has argued sixty cases before the United States Supreme Court, including "Bush v. Gore" and "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission."