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Civil Wars

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Civil Wars

A Battle for Gay Marriage

By David Moats

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151010172, 304pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2004

Description

In 2000 Vermont became the first state to grant gay and lesbian couples the right to join in civil unions-a groundbreaking decision that has inspired similar legislation in six states thus far. But it was not an easy victory; the ruling sparked the fiercest political conflict in the state's memory. David Moats was in the thick of it, writing a series of balanced, humane editorials that earned a Pulitzer Prize. Now he tells the intimate stories behind the battle and introduces us to all the key actors in the struggle, including the couples who first filed suit; the lawyers who spent years championing the case; and the only openly gay legislator in Vermont, who ensured victory with an impassioned, deeply personal speech on the House floor at a crucial moment.

Civil Wars is a remarkable drama of democracy at work on a human scale.



Praise For Civil Wars

PRAISE FOR DAVID MOATS
"David Moats wrote a series of editorials as fine as any published in an American newspaper in many years. Now he brings the same tone and temper to his book: wise, calm, generous, and understanding. Readers will meet an exceptional writer telling a most compelling story."-Donald Graham, chairman of the Washington Post Company

"He is taking a Vermont experience and making it into a national story that is worth telling."
-Madeleine Kunin, former Vermont governor


"A thoroughly engaging narrative that is poignant and provocative."

"Moasts opens in an epic manner... and reports clearly and fairly from a thoroughly secular perspective."

"A heartening book, and tonic for these politically polarized times."

"A page-turner that may have readers so engrossed in its storytelling, they forget the controversial nature of its subject matter."

"Insightful cultural history enlivened by well-rendered characters, sweeping events, and a clearly argued pro-gay marriage agenda."

"A fascinating book."

"Sparely elegant. It is valuable reading for anyone who wants to understand one of the central issues of our time." <br>