What an amazing month it's been for marriage equality with Prop 8 being ruled unconstitutional, Washington State legalizing same-sex marriage, and Maryland's House of Delegates voting 72 to 67 in favor of the "Civil Marriage Protection Act."
Just in time for the upcoming weddings in Washington and hopefully Maryland, editors Audrey Bilger and Michelle Kort have compiled an excellent new book on lesbians and marriage entitled - Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.
Bilger and Kort gathered together a diverse group of writers with a plethora of points of view on marriage equality with regard to race, class, ethnicity, and gender identification.
Their book is "a collection of essays, stories, and visual images that take a multidimensional look at how opening up the traditional order of 'man and wife' to include the possibility of 'wife and wife' is altering our social landscape. Here Come the Brides! is an exploration of how the legalization of same-sex marriages has irrevocably changed the way lesbians think about their unions and their lives."
It's great to continue to see the books that contribute to the public dialogue on same-sex marriage and its impact on LGBT culture. The book includes a piece about my becoming a love warrior for marriage equality: getting engaged, fighting for marriage equality and my three weddings to my now ex-wife. It's a great snapshot into more than a decade of fighting for marriage recognition for LGBT people. Yes, bittersweet these days, and yet, as they say, I'll "always have the memories."
I hope to be joining Michelle and Audrey for the book launch at Book Soup in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. Come out and meet the editors and the authors and celebrate love and equality for all!
You can also order your copy now.