The Defense of Marriage Act (which legally defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman) barred countless LGBT couples from equal treatment–until it was overturned in 2013. Brought up through the court system by litigator Roberta Kaplan, this decision helped pave the way for last summer’s milestone Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage. Then Comes Marriage is the story of DOMA’s defeat–how Kaplan crafted a case in support of 40-year couple Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer following Spyer’s death–and how this civil rights victory changed the course of history. In conversation with The Stranger‘s Dan Savage, Kaplan (who also filed “The People’s Brief” in the Obergefell v. Hodges case) will give details from this experience, contrast her own coming-out story with that of generations past, and focus on the power of storytelling to change public opinion.
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Presented by: Town Hall, Elliott Bay Book Company, and Pride Foundation, as part of the Civics series.
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