Outlaw Marriages

The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

By Rodger Streitmatter
(Beacon Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780807003343, 212pp.)

Publication Date: May 15, 2012

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For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many as fifty—years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife.

In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.

Among the high-profile couples whose lives and loves are illuminated in the following pages are Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith, literary icon Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, author James Baldwin and Lucien Happersberger, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. 




About the Author
Rodger Streitmatter is professor of journalism at American University. His books include "Raising Her Voice: African-American Women Journalists, Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Press in America," and "Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History."
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