Marriage Equality From Outlaws to In-Laws William N. Eskridge, Christopher R. Riano

Publication date:
18 Aug 2020
Yale University Press
968 pages: 235 x 156mm
24 b-w illus.

As a legal scholar who first argued in the early 1990s for a right to gay marriage, William N. Eskridge Jr. has been on the front lines of the debate over same-sex marriage for decades. In this book, Eskridge and his co-author, Christopher R. Riano, offer a panoramic and definitive history of America’s marriage equality debate.  The authors explore the deeply religious, rabidly political, frequently administrative, and pervasively constitutional features of the debate and consider all angles of its dramatic history.
While giving a full account of the legal and political issues, the authors never lose sight of the personal stories of the people involved, or of the central place the right to marry holds in a person’s ability to enjoy the dignity of full citizenship. This is not a triumphalist or one-sided book but a thoughtful history of how the nation wrestled with an important question of moral and legal equality.

William N. Eskridge, Jr. is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School. He lives in New Haven, CT and Washington, DC. Christopher R. Riano is a lecturer in constitutional law and government at Columbia University. He lives in New York, NY.