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The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same- Sex Marriage

June 17

Sasha Issenberg takes us back to Hawaii in the 1990s, when that state’s courts first started grappling with the question, through the emergence of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 that raised marriage to a national issue, to the first legal same-sex weddings in Massachusetts, to the epic face-off over California’s Proposition 8, and finally to the landmark Supreme Court decisions of Windsor and Obergefell.

Learn more and purchase the book here.

Recent excerpts, interviews and reviews:

Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation
The Engagement Party Rainbow Town Hall

The New York Times
A More Perfect Union

Politics & Prose
P&P Live! Sasha Issenberg | The Engagement with Amy Walter

The Surprising Honolulu Origins of the National Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage
Sasha Issenberg

The New York Times
How the Religious Right Made Same-Sex Marriage a Gay Rights Crusade
Eric Cervini

New Book About Hawaii’s Historic Role with Same-Sex Marriage
Tannya Joaquin

Civil Beat
How Hawaii Helped Lead The Fight For Marriage Equality
Chad Blair


June 17