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The fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges, and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage

In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states in a decision as groundbreaking as Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of Education. Through insider accounts and access to key players, this definitive account reveals the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v. Hodges and the lives at its center. This is a story of law and love—and a promise made to a dying man who wanted to know how he would be remembered.

Twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had to provide married gay couples all the benefits offered to straight couples. Jim and John—who was dying from ALS—flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal. But back home, Ohio refused to recognize their union, or even list Jim’s name on John’s death certificate. Then they met Al Gerhardstein, a courageous attorney who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights and who now saw an opening for the cause that few others had before him.

This forceful and deeply affecting narrative—part Erin Brockovich, part Milk, part Still Alice—chronicles how this grieving man and his lawyer, against overwhelming odds, introduced the most important gay rights case in US history. It is an urgent and unforgettable account that will inspire listeners for many years to come.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rarely does a book of such uncommon beauty come around, one that digs beneath the headlines to its human heart.”

    John Grogan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A downright joy to read. It’s a rare and special feeling to be alive for moments of world-changing history.”

    Washington Post

  • “Human details make the book a fascinating read.”

    Cincinnati Enquirer

  • “Written with a novelist’s attention to scene description and character-revealing action…An exemplary account.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Taut, tense, and highly readable…A remarkably rich portrait of America on the cusp of recognizing same-sex marriage.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This gripping portrayal…includes childhood memories and romance as well as tense moments in court…Readers will feel they’ve been completely guided into seeing the people behind the cases.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The authors ably create the suspense of anticipation and winnow the legal issues for lay readers. Uplifting, well-written story of personal courage and political empowerment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “George Newbern narrates…His straightforward delivery brings home the ordinary lives of the couple at the center of the case…Newbern’s unembellished approach complements that of the two authors…Newbern’s clear and steady recitation of the facts keeps the focus squarely on the poignant events that took this issue all the way to the highest court in the land.”


  • An O Magazine Pick for Summer Reading, 2016
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