Debbie Cenziper, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, will speak about her new book, “Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality,” at 6 p.m. on August 5.
Cenziper wrote the book with Jim Obergefell, who was the named plaintiff in the case that resulted in last year’s Supreme Court affirmation of the right of gay couples to marry in all 50 states.
“Love Wins” begins with a personal tragedy: in 2013, Obergefell’s long-time partner was dying, and the two men wanted to marry. But gay marriage was not legal in their home state of Ohio, and so their crusade began. Joining forces with hundreds of other lawyers, plaintiffs, families and activists, Obergefell persuaded the court, and the nation, that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. “Love Wins” traces the legal precedents and personal hardships that culminated in this landmark victory.
Critics have called “Love Wins” “uplifting,” “taut, tense and highly readable” and “deeply moving.” Dramatic rights to the book have already been sold to Fox 2000 for a feature film.