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Paperback Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry Book

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Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry

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At its core, the freedom-to-marry movement is about the same thing every civil rights struggle has been about: taking seriously our country's promise to be a nation its citizens can make better, its promise to be a place where people don't have to give up their differences or hide them in order to be treated equally. Why Marriage Matters offers a compelling, intelligently reasoned discussion of a question that still remains in the national consciousness...

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The Definitive Argument for Equal Marriage Rights

This book achieves the rare feat of making a non-fiction book into a page- turner. The arguments of course are compelling, reflecting the most persuasive points in a pithy fashion. It is the examples of how marriage impacts individual lives that keeps you reading it. Quite simply, the combination of effective argument and people's lives will convince the most skeptical. Even those who disagree with equal marriage rights should read this to see what arguments they need to defeat. A great book for anyone - you won't put it down.

Why Marriage Matters

In penning "Why Marriage Matters" Evan Wolfson has captured, in a calm and persuasive manner, the reasons why gays and lesbians should be granted the right to marry. If one views the family as the "basic unit" of society, it is not, as the opponents of equal access to marriage claim, restricted to one man and one woman united for procreation. As Wolfson notes, not all couples have children, not all children have two parents, and the only common theme for those wanting to get married is love and commitment. Wolfson confronts and dismantles each emotional, religious, and social reason put forth in this raging cultural war. And as he observes, the arguments are not new, unique, nor confined to homosexuals. The same arguments have been repeatedly used to deny other minority groups their civil rights. Wolfson demonstrates that marriage is a legal right, not a religious one and the government has no compelling reason to discriminate against homosexuals in this most basic of all civil rights - the right to chose your spouse. Although Wolfson's book is unlikely to change the mind of his staunchest opponents in the "rites and rights" battle, it will convince many who come with an open mind that there is no good or just reason to deny homosexuals the right to legally marry. "Why Marriage Matters" is a compelling book written by a man at the heart of a struggle. It is must read for anyone interested in this important issue.

Thanks, Mr. Wolfson, for your book and your struggles!

As the debate for marriage equality for same-sex couples moves to the ballot box in a dozen states this Fall, Evan Wolfson's thought-provoking and well-laid-out book, Why Marriage Matters, could not have appeared at a better time. Addressed to a gay, as well as non-gay, audience, Mr. Wolfson builds up a steady and powerful case for marriage equality in our country's legal system. He addresses this subject in layman's terms but without being too simple. He doesn't preach, but answers the questions (and explains his answers) that are most often on the minds of those on both sides of the fence. One of the most interesting and significant concepts Mr. Wolfson lays out and clarifies is that of marriage equality as a civil right. He explains how marriage equality parallels other civil rights issues, dissecting arguments made against marriage equality. He shows how the same arguments that have been used at various points over the past two hundred years to deny other citizens their constitutionally guaranteed civil rights continue to be used to this day to deny marriage equality. The book reads as much like a thoughtful and provocative essay for the general public as it does a primer for concerned gay and lesbian citizens interested in how marriage equality could affect their personal and legal lives. Addressing the anti-same-sex marriage constitutional amendments being voted on in several states this Fall, Mr. Wolfson shows why, after these battles are over, there will still be much to struggle for in the days beyond. Mr. Wolfson not only forecasts trends, but he prepares his audience for their realization through a series of recommendations and ideas for educating Americans and dealing with fairness issues. Having worked with various human/gay/civil rights organizations and seen how real this struggle is for the gay and lesbian community, I was impressed with the succinctness of Mr. Wolfson's arguments. He clearly outlines and explains the fairness of bringing about marriage equality in America while showing how this issue is ultimately everyone's struggle. I would suggest that you read this book if you are concerned for personal reasons about marriage equality. Or read it if you have friends, relatives or co-workers who are affected by its message. But most of all, read Why Marriage Matters if you are concerned about the fairness and equity of all of our laws to all of our people. Because it really truly boils down to the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who wrote in his letter from Birmingham Jail: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

If you care about Marriage, read this book!

After reading WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS, AMERICA, EQUALITY AND GAY PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO MARRY, by Evan Wolfson, I felt proud to be an American again! I have struggled with the direction that this country has been going in and wanted to believe that we're truly are a country of the people, by the people and for the people. The underlying patriotism and sense of hope that is the basis of this book struck a chord in my heart. America is struggling with the issue of marriage and who should be allowed to marry. WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS addresses the concerns of the everyday American with respect and accuracy. Wolfson touches on issues from the religious response to the historical argument, from racial equality to what the opponents of marriage equality DON'T want you to know. He does this with and consistent reverence to the founding principles of our great country and reminds the reader of those principles with inspiring quotes from American leaders through the ages. It is the duty of every American to read this book so that they will be able to discuss the issue of marriage with their friends and families. The final message of this book is one of unity and hope. We all need this. I strongly recommend that every person who cares about marriage buy 2 copies of this book, one to read and one to share with those they love. There is nothing greater about this country than the importance we all place on communication and communion of truth. If everyone approached the issue of marriage from Wolfson's point of view, there would be far less misunderstanding surrounding this very important American institution. Please do yourself, and your family, a favor and read WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS.

If you read one book on this topic, this is it

Having known Evan Wolfson and his work for years, I expected the book to be brilliant. What astounded me was that Wolfson has found a way both to cover all the issues and to provide a great read. After I began the book, I couldn't put it down. Integrating personal stories and analysis,the book is compelling from cover to cover. He is truly the Martin Luther King, Jr. of this movement.
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