** Forcing the Spring by Jo Becker

Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality gives a detailed history of the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, a series of lawsuits that went all the way to the Supreme Court and brought together two attorneys who had been on opposite sides of the Gore/Bush drama. The author does a good job of explaining both the strategies the lawyers chose to defend the case and also the larger context of how LGBT groups that had avoided discussing marriage equality found themselves more or less forced to take a stand because of this lawsuit.

The story is told, for me, in excruciating detail (who cares if the attorneys took a private plane or flew commercial to this meeting or another), and in a breathless tone that sounds rather forced. Still, it’s a most interesting story that shows the extent to which the justice system relies on human feelings and beliefs to work.


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