Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial

Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial

A renowned legal scholar tells the definitive story of the trial that will stand as the most potent argument for marriage equality. In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, rescinding the right of same-sex couples to marry in the state. Advocates for marriage equality were outraged. Still, major gay-rights groups opposed a federal challenge to the law, warning that A renowned legal scholar tells the definitive story of the trial that will stand as the most potent argument for marri...

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Title:Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial
Author:Kenji Yoshino
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0385348800
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial Reviews

  • Ang
    May 14, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

    After the events of the SCOTUS this year, I thought Yoshino's book on California's Prop 8 case would feel like old news or at least dated, particularly with the many other books out on the topic and Roberta Kaplan's forthcoming book. I was wrong. Yoshino makes a compelling case about h...

    Kenji Yoshino's "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial" is an excellent reference regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry. Mr. Yoshino did an excellent job of summarizing all aspects of this case in depth. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone taking legal courses or anyone interes...

    A compelling overview of the case which was ultimately appealed to the Supreme Court and which allowed same-sex couples in California free to marry. Focusing on the state court trial about the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, Yoshino reviews the fact-finding...

    Yoshino does a fantastic job diving into the details about the trial and adds his own personal story along with it. He also adds in historical background when needed and helps the readers understand what happened at the trial. This well researched novel is easily readable for anyone wh...

    In his examination of the trial, Yoshino lauds the technique of the plaintiff?s legal team in intermixing personal testimony with expert witnesses, arguing that ?the lay witnesses kept the testimony from feeling dry, while the experts kept the testimony free feeling idiosyncratic.?...

    This is a super easy read; it makes Perry v. Hollingsworth and its consequences completely understandable for the lay person (versus a lawyer). If you've already read one of the more in-depth books about the case, however, this'll be a very redundant and unnecessary read. If you haven'...

  • Julie
    Jul 11, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

    After the events of the SCOTUS this year, I thought Yoshino's book on California's Prop 8 case would feel like old news or at least dated, particularly with the many other books out on the topic and Roberta Kaplan's forthcoming book. I was wrong. Yoshino makes a compelling case about h...

  • Brenda
    May 02, 2016

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

    After the events of the SCOTUS this year, I thought Yoshino's book on California's Prop 8 case would feel like old news or at least dated, particularly with the many other books out on the topic and Roberta Kaplan's forthcoming book. I was wrong. Yoshino makes a compelling case about h...

    Kenji Yoshino's "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial" is an excellent reference regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry. Mr. Yoshino did an excellent job of summarizing all aspects of this case in depth. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone taking legal courses or anyone interes...

    A compelling overview of the case which was ultimately appealed to the Supreme Court and which allowed same-sex couples in California free to marry. Focusing on the state court trial about the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, Yoshino reviews the fact-finding...

  • Ronda Wingo
    Mar 28, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

  • Haley Keller
    Jun 11, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

  • Bryn
    Jun 10, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

  • Michael Griswold
    Mar 04, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

  • Lindsey
    Mar 11, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

  • Heather Childree
    Jun 08, 2018

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

  • Vincent Li
    Nov 21, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

  • Marlene
    May 19, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

  • Shay
    Feb 11, 2016

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

    After the events of the SCOTUS this year, I thought Yoshino's book on California's Prop 8 case would feel like old news or at least dated, particularly with the many other books out on the topic and Roberta Kaplan's forthcoming book. I was wrong. Yoshino makes a compelling case about h...

    Kenji Yoshino's "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial" is an excellent reference regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry. Mr. Yoshino did an excellent job of summarizing all aspects of this case in depth. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone taking legal courses or anyone interes...

    A compelling overview of the case which was ultimately appealed to the Supreme Court and which allowed same-sex couples in California free to marry. Focusing on the state court trial about the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, Yoshino reviews the fact-finding...

    Yoshino does a fantastic job diving into the details about the trial and adds his own personal story along with it. He also adds in historical background when needed and helps the readers understand what happened at the trial. This well researched novel is easily readable for anyone wh...

    In his examination of the trial, Yoshino lauds the technique of the plaintiff?s legal team in intermixing personal testimony with expert witnesses, arguing that ?the lay witnesses kept the testimony from feeling dry, while the experts kept the testimony free feeling idiosyncratic.?...

  • Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
    Jul 22, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

  • Ashley
    May 06, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

    After the events of the SCOTUS this year, I thought Yoshino's book on California's Prop 8 case would feel like old news or at least dated, particularly with the many other books out on the topic and Roberta Kaplan's forthcoming book. I was wrong. Yoshino makes a compelling case about h...

    Kenji Yoshino's "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial" is an excellent reference regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry. Mr. Yoshino did an excellent job of summarizing all aspects of this case in depth. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone taking legal courses or anyone interes...

    A compelling overview of the case which was ultimately appealed to the Supreme Court and which allowed same-sex couples in California free to marry. Focusing on the state court trial about the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, Yoshino reviews the fact-finding...

    Yoshino does a fantastic job diving into the details about the trial and adds his own personal story along with it. He also adds in historical background when needed and helps the readers understand what happened at the trial. This well researched novel is easily readable for anyone wh...

    In his examination of the trial, Yoshino lauds the technique of the plaintiff?s legal team in intermixing personal testimony with expert witnesses, arguing that ?the lay witnesses kept the testimony from feeling dry, while the experts kept the testimony free feeling idiosyncratic.?...

    This is a super easy read; it makes Perry v. Hollingsworth and its consequences completely understandable for the lay person (versus a lawyer). If you've already read one of the more in-depth books about the case, however, this'll be a very redundant and unnecessary read. If you haven'...

    I received this book as part of Goodread's First Reads. This book was incredibly well researched, and the level of commentary and discussion Yoshino provides is astounding. An amazing read, and far from the typical dry judicial account thanks to the author's personable and relatable...

    Eminently approachable, clear, insightful handling of a topic that couldn't be more important -- and relevant to patron interests -- right now. The author's skillful use of interviews is particularly welcome. He takes what could be a dry journalistic topic and gives it emotional pull. ...

  • Bob H
    Apr 12, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

  • Delta
    Feb 17, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

  • Casey
    Feb 05, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

  • Bonnie McDaniel
    Jul 11, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

  • Tori
    Mar 30, 2016

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

  • Tex Reader
    Jan 16, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

  • Brandi
    Feb 26, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

    After the events of the SCOTUS this year, I thought Yoshino's book on California's Prop 8 case would feel like old news or at least dated, particularly with the many other books out on the topic and Roberta Kaplan's forthcoming book. I was wrong. Yoshino makes a compelling case about h...

    Kenji Yoshino's "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial" is an excellent reference regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry. Mr. Yoshino did an excellent job of summarizing all aspects of this case in depth. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone taking legal courses or anyone interes...

  • Gracie
    Aug 22, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

    After the events of the SCOTUS this year, I thought Yoshino's book on California's Prop 8 case would feel like old news or at least dated, particularly with the many other books out on the topic and Roberta Kaplan's forthcoming book. I was wrong. Yoshino makes a compelling case about h...

    Kenji Yoshino's "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial" is an excellent reference regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry. Mr. Yoshino did an excellent job of summarizing all aspects of this case in depth. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone taking legal courses or anyone interes...

    A compelling overview of the case which was ultimately appealed to the Supreme Court and which allowed same-sex couples in California free to marry. Focusing on the state court trial about the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, Yoshino reviews the fact-finding...

    Yoshino does a fantastic job diving into the details about the trial and adds his own personal story along with it. He also adds in historical background when needed and helps the readers understand what happened at the trial. This well researched novel is easily readable for anyone wh...

  • WriteKnight
    Jan 16, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

  • W. Boutwell
    Mar 16, 2016

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

  • Blaise Haddow
    Apr 29, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

  • MC Wilder
    May 26, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

    I really enjoyed this, overall. While I felt that the first part of the book (before the trial) could have used a bit of restructuring/reorganization because there is just so much information, the rest of the book is absolutely splendid. It's incredibly informative and manages to be en...

    After the events of the SCOTUS this year, I thought Yoshino's book on California's Prop 8 case would feel like old news or at least dated, particularly with the many other books out on the topic and Roberta Kaplan's forthcoming book. I was wrong. Yoshino makes a compelling case about h...

    Kenji Yoshino's "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial" is an excellent reference regarding Hollingsworth v. Perry. Mr. Yoshino did an excellent job of summarizing all aspects of this case in depth. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone taking legal courses or anyone interes...

    A compelling overview of the case which was ultimately appealed to the Supreme Court and which allowed same-sex couples in California free to marry. Focusing on the state court trial about the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, Yoshino reviews the fact-finding...

    Yoshino does a fantastic job diving into the details about the trial and adds his own personal story along with it. He also adds in historical background when needed and helps the readers understand what happened at the trial. This well researched novel is easily readable for anyone wh...

    In his examination of the trial, Yoshino lauds the technique of the plaintiff?s legal team in intermixing personal testimony with expert witnesses, arguing that ?the lay witnesses kept the testimony from feeling dry, while the experts kept the testimony free feeling idiosyncratic.?...

    This is a super easy read; it makes Perry v. Hollingsworth and its consequences completely understandable for the lay person (versus a lawyer). If you've already read one of the more in-depth books about the case, however, this'll be a very redundant and unnecessary read. If you haven'...

    I received this book as part of Goodread's First Reads. This book was incredibly well researched, and the level of commentary and discussion Yoshino provides is astounding. An amazing read, and far from the typical dry judicial account thanks to the author's personable and relatable...

  • Adan Ramie
    Jul 01, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

    First, I want to point out that this is not my typical reading fare. I don't normally read books about law, legislation, or politics. In fact, in a lot of ways, I actually avoid those topics in books, and choose instead to inform myself in the shorter pieces one can find on news sites....

  • The Book Jar Blog
    Apr 15, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

  • Rem
    May 06, 2015

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...

    Yoshino takes a difficult trial and explains the lawyerly stuff. So many parties took part that it is sometimes difficult to keep a clear idea of who is doing what. The author's own narrative helps convey the message of what marriage means. ...

    Originally published at Reading Reality The title of this book is taken from the familiar traditional marriage ceremony. You know exactly where, too. It?s that famous, or infamous, point in the ceremony where the officiant asks whether anyone in attendance, ?has reasons why thes...

    This book is the story of one of the cases that led to Obergefell vs. Hodges, the recent Supreme Court decision that legalized marriage equality in all fifty states. Hollingsworth v. Perry is the trial that resulted in the striking down of California's Proposition 8, the citizens initi...

    This book essentially recounts the entire story of the Hollingsworth v. Perry trial from the very beginning all the way to the Supreme Court. Sprinkled into that story are bits of the author's own experiences that parallel what is happening in the trial. As someone who was in high s...

    I have never considered myself an activist, nor have I engaged myself deeply in the conversation regarding gay marriage. It made sense that when I wanted to look into it, I looked for a source I could trust, Professor Yoshino. Yoshino does a great job of breaking down the trial into th...

    Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar making him more than qualified to speak on the legalities of Hollingsworth v. Perry, I was a little concerned that he would be biased since he would have a personal stake in the outcome of the case, either way it went. Yet, the opponents of same-sex mar...

    Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial was a nice, readable presentation of not only this case, but because of the trial process, the broader issues related to marriage equality. Which is saying a lot for a book about a single trial, with the potential of getting bogged down in a lot of...

    With the Supreme Court recently ruling same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, this was the perfect time for me to read a book about the trial that started the ball rolling only a few years ago. Yoshino is a great author and brought the entirety of the trial - including some historic...

    At this date, Mar 2016, the court case is passe. Even so, authors of trial books have their work cut out for them. Trials are very much like a colonoscopy: the people with the most at stake are obscured and inchoate, the major actors are muffled behind the mask of their trade and the r...

    "As gay people gave emerged from the closet, some religious opponents of gay rights have retreated back to the closet of the voting booth to express their views." pg. 58 "If there be time to expose though discussion the falsehoods and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of...

  • Emily Snyder
    Sep 01, 2017

    I finished this nearly a year ago and I am just coming back to write my review. This isn't because I didn't enjoy the book or because I didn't feel like it was important. I tend to write personal feeling type reviews and I didn't know how to write this without turning it into something...

    Speak Now is the story about the trial of Proposition 8, the law that was passed in California that banned gay marriage. Like many people, I followed the case with intrigue and curiosity. I didn?t know or understand a lot of what was going on at the time, at this book really helps cl...

    As I write this (mid-April 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court is about to discuss, and perhaps rule on, the full issue of same-sex marriage in the 50 states. This book couldn?t be more timely. Although the Prop 8 case ended in 2013, it did provide a basis for subsequent arguments in other...

    It may seem strange to call a book of legal scholarship "beautiful" but that is the word that immediately comes to mind to describe "Speak Now." While the book is specifically about Hollingsworth v. Perry, Professor Yoshino also provides a relatively complete history of marriage equali...

    4.0 of 5 stars ? Intelligent, Clear Explanation of Important GLBTQ Trial This is a perfect matching bookend with the book about the seminal glbtq case of Lawrence vs. Texas (Flagrant Conduct by Dale Carpenter). But don't make the same mistake I did. Even having read and loved the ...

    i'd had this book on my tbr since reading yoshino's first book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. in COVERING, yoshino makes arguments i agree with, some i don't, and/but the book definitely prompted a lot of thought and reflection on my part. SPEAK NOW is definitely...

    Two-part disclaimer, although I don't think either of these biased my review of the book.. 1) I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was SO EXCITING to get the email that I'd won and then come home to see a book-sized package on my porch!! Total score! 2) The author is a profes...

    I like books that make me think. I also like books that teach me something. This book does both. I don't see how anyone approaching this book with an semi-open mind wouldn't see how marriage equality would make so many lives better. It presents every side of the argument and calmly use...

    If you have yet to read this novel, I highly recommend you do. Kenji Yoshino wrote a compelling, in-depth account on this historic trail that many?if not all? should be aware of. I was a bit concerned prior to reading this, due to the legal terms, however it?s beautifully written...

    I need time to work on this review for my own records, but this book was incredibly well paced, presenting an unbelievably thorough account of the trial and its aftermath without feeling dense or dreary. ...