A new book was recently released, and it deserves a special place on your bookshelf. Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality dives into the personal stories of the “lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage” in the United States.
In this nonfiction work, authors Cenziper and Obergefell report on “the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v Hodges and the lives at its center.”
The book’s description reads: “Twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had to provide married gay couples all the benefits offered to straight couples. Jim and John—who was dying from ALS—flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal. But back home, Ohio refused to recognize their union, or even list Jim’s name on John’s death certificate. Then they met Al Gerhardstein, a courageous attorney who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights and who now saw an opening for the cause that few others had before him.”
Their story is told with beautiful prose, telling a heartfelt, courageous story while providing hope and optimism.