Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA

Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA

Attorney Roberta Kaplan knew it was the perfect case. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had stayed together for better or worse, for forty-four years?battling through society?s homophobia and Spyer?s paralysis from MS. The couple married in Canada in 2007, but when Spyer died two years later, the US government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge es Attorney Roberta Kaplan knew it was the perfect case. Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had stayed together for better or...

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Title:Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
Author:Roberta Kaplan
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0393353362
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA Reviews

  • Bookworm
    Oct 20, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

    I received this as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. I tend to relatively apathetic on so-called "moral issues." I'm more conservative and religious, but I also dislike government regulation of morals. Well, unless we're criminalizing something. Criminalization is a moral judg...

    Important book, but I got lost in the legal case descriptions. I really wanted to like this book which tells the tail of bringing down the Defense of Marriage Act via the history of the author and really the couple at the center of it, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Spyer died after livi...

  • Shea Ivy
    Dec 24, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

  • Ladiibbug
    Oct 06, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

  • Danielle
    Sep 29, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

    I received this as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. I tend to relatively apathetic on so-called "moral issues." I'm more conservative and religious, but I also dislike government regulation of morals. Well, unless we're criminalizing something. Criminalization is a moral judg...

    Important book, but I got lost in the legal case descriptions. I really wanted to like this book which tells the tail of bringing down the Defense of Marriage Act via the history of the author and really the couple at the center of it, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Spyer died after livi...

    Then Comes Marriage details the court case United States v. Windsor in which Edie Windsor sues to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act after her long time partner Thea Spyer dies and she is assessed a large estate tax bill because the federal government doesn't recognize their marriage...

  • Purlewe
    Sep 14, 2017

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

  • Michele
    Sep 16, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

    I received this as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. I tend to relatively apathetic on so-called "moral issues." I'm more conservative and religious, but I also dislike government regulation of morals. Well, unless we're criminalizing something. Criminalization is a moral judg...

    Important book, but I got lost in the legal case descriptions. I really wanted to like this book which tells the tail of bringing down the Defense of Marriage Act via the history of the author and really the couple at the center of it, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Spyer died after livi...

    Then Comes Marriage details the court case United States v. Windsor in which Edie Windsor sues to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act after her long time partner Thea Spyer dies and she is assessed a large estate tax bill because the federal government doesn't recognize their marriage...

    Before the end of DOMA, when the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship tried to check her newborn son out of the hospital to take him and his birth-mom (her partner) home, she was denied. The Defense of Marriage Act was a law which effectively denied gay & lesbian couples ...

    I'm a lawyer with a strong interest in constitutional law, and I have a gay daughter. So I had plenty of reason to find this book of interest, which I very much did. I was, however, put off at first by the author's almost immediate and somewhat lengthy plunge into her own personal hist...

    I drew out my time reading this because I wanted it to last. Robbie isn't a novelist so it's not the most literary book I've read this year, but the care she puts into her briefs for her clients comes through in this beautiful story. It reads as if she's telling you about the case over...

    Whether you know the story of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer and/or the case United States v. Windsor, this an extraordinarily gripping, moving, and even entertaining book. If you have concerns about getting bogged down in legalease and lawyerly jargon, don?t. Kaplan?s writing is ...

  • Karen A. Wyle
    Oct 15, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

    I received this as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. I tend to relatively apathetic on so-called "moral issues." I'm more conservative and religious, but I also dislike government regulation of morals. Well, unless we're criminalizing something. Criminalization is a moral judg...

    Important book, but I got lost in the legal case descriptions. I really wanted to like this book which tells the tail of bringing down the Defense of Marriage Act via the history of the author and really the couple at the center of it, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Spyer died after livi...

    Then Comes Marriage details the court case United States v. Windsor in which Edie Windsor sues to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act after her long time partner Thea Spyer dies and she is assessed a large estate tax bill because the federal government doesn't recognize their marriage...

    Before the end of DOMA, when the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship tried to check her newborn son out of the hospital to take him and his birth-mom (her partner) home, she was denied. The Defense of Marriage Act was a law which effectively denied gay & lesbian couples ...

    I'm a lawyer with a strong interest in constitutional law, and I have a gay daughter. So I had plenty of reason to find this book of interest, which I very much did. I was, however, put off at first by the author's almost immediate and somewhat lengthy plunge into her own personal hist...

  • Chelsea Lyn Roden
    Oct 06, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

    I received this as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. I tend to relatively apathetic on so-called "moral issues." I'm more conservative and religious, but I also dislike government regulation of morals. Well, unless we're criminalizing something. Criminalization is a moral judg...

    Important book, but I got lost in the legal case descriptions. I really wanted to like this book which tells the tail of bringing down the Defense of Marriage Act via the history of the author and really the couple at the center of it, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Spyer died after livi...

    Then Comes Marriage details the court case United States v. Windsor in which Edie Windsor sues to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act after her long time partner Thea Spyer dies and she is assessed a large estate tax bill because the federal government doesn't recognize their marriage...

    Before the end of DOMA, when the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship tried to check her newborn son out of the hospital to take him and his birth-mom (her partner) home, she was denied. The Defense of Marriage Act was a law which effectively denied gay & lesbian couples ...

    I'm a lawyer with a strong interest in constitutional law, and I have a gay daughter. So I had plenty of reason to find this book of interest, which I very much did. I was, however, put off at first by the author's almost immediate and somewhat lengthy plunge into her own personal hist...

    I drew out my time reading this because I wanted it to last. Robbie isn't a novelist so it's not the most literary book I've read this year, but the care she puts into her briefs for her clients comes through in this beautiful story. It reads as if she's telling you about the case over...

  • Dottie Resnick
    Jun 17, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

  • Meg
    May 29, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

    I received this as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. I tend to relatively apathetic on so-called "moral issues." I'm more conservative and religious, but I also dislike government regulation of morals. Well, unless we're criminalizing something. Criminalization is a moral judg...

    Important book, but I got lost in the legal case descriptions. I really wanted to like this book which tells the tail of bringing down the Defense of Marriage Act via the history of the author and really the couple at the center of it, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Spyer died after livi...

    Then Comes Marriage details the court case United States v. Windsor in which Edie Windsor sues to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act after her long time partner Thea Spyer dies and she is assessed a large estate tax bill because the federal government doesn't recognize their marriage...

    Before the end of DOMA, when the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship tried to check her newborn son out of the hospital to take him and his birth-mom (her partner) home, she was denied. The Defense of Marriage Act was a law which effectively denied gay & lesbian couples ...

  • Sharon
    Jan 14, 2017

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

  • Marlene
    Oct 23, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Jul 22, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

  • Jenni V.
    Oct 16, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

  • Rachel
    Oct 14, 2017

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

  • Beverly
    Jul 10, 2018

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

  • Shawn Fettig
    Sep 23, 2016

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

  • Roger Smitter
    Jan 12, 2016

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

  • Josh Muhlenkamp
    Oct 05, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

    I received this as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. I tend to relatively apathetic on so-called "moral issues." I'm more conservative and religious, but I also dislike government regulation of morals. Well, unless we're criminalizing something. Criminalization is a moral judg...

  • Mary Kinser
    Sep 15, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

  • LibraryReads
    Sep 11, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

  • Kendra Purtle
    Sep 01, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

  • Katharine Kerber
    Mar 05, 2017

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

  • Ken Nelson
    Apr 19, 2019

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

  • Amy Jones
    Oct 26, 2015

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

    To read about how Windsor and Oberfell were taken to the Supreme Court and won was very powerful. ...

    I don't love reading non-fiction, but I was interested in learning more about the advancements of marriage equality. This narrative was well-written, engaging and touching. ...

    Non-Fiction Written by Roberta Kaplan, an attorney into whose lap fell a challenge to a law that would take her before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was a case of discrimination. Defendant Edie Windsor and her life partner Thea Spyer live...

    Normally I would question including so much of the lawyer's backstory but in this case, I understand. The journeys of Roberta Kaplan, Edie Windsor, and Thea Spyer were so interesting and it really seems like they all came together in a serendipitous way to take on this battle together....

    Summary: This was an incredible, moving eye-witness account of an important historical event, although there was a bit too much legalese. As a young woman uncomfortable coming out to her family, Robbie Kaplan found solace in her meetings with therapist Thea Spyer. Years later, Robb...

    I received this as part of Goodreads' First Reads program. I tend to relatively apathetic on so-called "moral issues." I'm more conservative and religious, but I also dislike government regulation of morals. Well, unless we're criminalizing something. Criminalization is a moral judg...

    Important book, but I got lost in the legal case descriptions. I really wanted to like this book which tells the tail of bringing down the Defense of Marriage Act via the history of the author and really the couple at the center of it, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer. Spyer died after livi...

    Then Comes Marriage details the court case United States v. Windsor in which Edie Windsor sues to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act after her long time partner Thea Spyer dies and she is assessed a large estate tax bill because the federal government doesn't recognize their marriage...

    Before the end of DOMA, when the non-birth mother in a lesbian relationship tried to check her newborn son out of the hospital to take him and his birth-mom (her partner) home, she was denied. The Defense of Marriage Act was a law which effectively denied gay & lesbian couples ...

    I'm a lawyer with a strong interest in constitutional law, and I have a gay daughter. So I had plenty of reason to find this book of interest, which I very much did. I was, however, put off at first by the author's almost immediate and somewhat lengthy plunge into her own personal hist...

    I drew out my time reading this because I wanted it to last. Robbie isn't a novelist so it's not the most literary book I've read this year, but the care she puts into her briefs for her clients comes through in this beautiful story. It reads as if she's telling you about the case over...

    Whether you know the story of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer and/or the case United States v. Windsor, this an extraordinarily gripping, moving, and even entertaining book. If you have concerns about getting bogged down in legalease and lawyerly jargon, don?t. Kaplan?s writing is ...

    I really enjoyed this narrative, told from the perspective of one who was there -- Roberta Kaplan, one of the attorneys who argued the Windsor case before the Supreme Court. The law has always fascinated me, and seeing how this case unfolded against the backdrop of Edie Windsor's perso...

  • Nat Walton
    May 29, 2018

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

  • Heather Henke
    Jan 10, 2018

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...

    In spite of the facts that I have numerous friends that are gay and have always supported their equality, I knew very little about the incredible legal journey that was fought for them to have those rights. This was a readable look at that very journey. ...

    Yes, this book should be on your list even if you already know the ending. ...

  • Ian Carrillo
    Jul 17, 2017

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

  • Robert S
    Jun 10, 2018

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

  • Nathanael Rudolph
    Mar 29, 2019

    Then Comes Marriage ended up falling into my lap at the perfect time. I had just finished working on my final research paper for one of my political science classes and had selected US v. Windsor as my SCOTUS case, so I had good base knowledge going in as well as the desire to keep lea...

    Originally published at Reading Reality This book, like yesterday?s review book, Grant Park, is about a day when the universe changed. That book centered around the election of Barack Obama. This one concerns events that took place after Obama was elected, events that probably ...

    ?The attorney who argued before the Supreme Court for the plaintiff in this landmark case gives the story behind the headlines. Kaplan integrates personal narrative with legal strategy throughout, combining her own struggles with a fascinating look at the brave and unconventional lif...

    In Then Comes Marriage, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the 2013 US v. Windsor Supreme Court case, details the story behind the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Kaplan manages to artfully weave her own biography ? the shame of growing up gay in a more conservative time ? aga...

    Excellent synopsis of the makings of United States v. Windsor, exploring the life of not only the book's author (and attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Edie Windsor), but also of Ms. Windsor herself. This is partly about the painstaking process of creating the victory in Windsor ...

    This work from the attorney who argued the case for Edie Windsor is touching and poignant. I was in tears several times during the reading. Of course, we already know who won, but the build up to the legal parts is intriguing, as well. Once again, I was reminded of the fallibility and ...

    This engaging story about the recent Supreme Court that strict down rules against same sex marriage is a good read for anyone who likes to see how lawyers work. While the first quarter of the book seems a but amateurish, once the law case gets rolling, we see how lawyers (especially yo...

    Roberta Kaplan's book is part memoir, part narrative legal case history, insightful, humorous, intimate and educational about the Defense of Marriage Act and it's defeat. There are heart-wrenching stories which bring the degree of the civil rights injustices to light. It shows how some...

    A fascinating look into the justice system framed against the backdrop of this high-profile marriage equality case. Highly recommended for those interested in civil rights and social justice. ...

    What a wonderful read! The story of a Supreme Court case, might be dry and uninteresting - particularly to someone with zero law background like myself. However, Kaplan does such a lovely job of intertwining her own personal story, as well as that of Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the ...

    United States v. Windsor is already lauded as a landmark case and there is no doubt that it will eventually join the pantheon of other civil rights cases. The kind of cases which are required reading for anyone wanting to join the law profession or the kind of cases that make it into o...

    I read this book for research for a novel I'm writing. I wanted to know what it was like to be the plaintiff in a civil rights case that made it to the Supreme Court. What I did not expect was just how much I would connect to the story. Both Edie Windsor and her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan ...

    Part memoir, part history, part lesson on the workings of Constitutional law and the appellate court system, superbly written. I listened to the audiobook read by Andrea Gallo, who told the already engaging story brilliantly. Reading this is crucial to understanding what Kaplan calls t...

    Although a dry read, it continues like a mystery unfolding as it presents the narrative of how DOMA was ruled as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court thanks to a courageous woman: Edie Windsor. BRAVO to her and Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who wrote this and along with her team helped t...

    This book, which is largely a legal case history, made me cry. It's a compelling story of a few pieces of the legal history of marriage equality in the United States, but beyond that it's a beautiful personal narrative about love and marriage and the significance and impact of legal re...