"The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage" A Conversation with Author Sasha Issenberg

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cherry Hill Public Library
Conference Center, Lower Level

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THIS EVENT IS NOW OUTSIDE behind the library in Friendship Grove. The program will be held under the tent and chairs will be provided.

Former Cherry Hill Mayor and CHPL Board Member Susan Bass Levin will interview author/journalist Sasha Issenberg about his new book, The Engagement. 


Sasha Issenberg is the author of three previous books, on topics ranging from the global sushi business to medical tourism and the science of political campaigns. He covered the 2008 election as a national political reporter in the Washington bureau of The Boston Globe, the 2012 election for Slate, the 2016 election for Bloomberg Politics and Businessweek, and 2020 for The Recount. He is the Washington correspondent for Monocle, and has also written for New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and George, where he served as a contributing editor. He teaches in the political science department at UCLA. 


On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, making same-sex unions legal throughout the United States. But the road to victory was much longer than many know. In this seminal work, Sasha Issenberg takes us back to Hawaii in the 1990s, when that state's courts first started grappling with the question, through the emergence of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 that raised marriage to a national issue, to the first legal same-sex weddings in Massachusetts, to the epic face-off over California’s Proposition 8, and finally to the landmark Supreme Court decisions of Windsor and Obergefell. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, making same-sex unions legal across the United States. But the road to that momentous decision was much longer than many know. In this definitive account, Sasha Issenberg vividly guides us through same-sex marriage’s unexpected path from the unimaginable to the inevitable.

This richly detailed narrative follows the coast-to-coast conflict through courtrooms and war rooms, bedrooms and boardrooms, to shed light on every aspect of a political and legal controversy that divided Americans like no other. Following a cast of characters that includes those who sought their own right to wed, those who fought to protect the traditional definition of marriage, and those who changed their minds about it, 
The Engagement is certain to become a seminal book on the modern culture wars and has received much critical acclaim.

Order your copy from Inkwood Books - click HERE. Sasha will be available to sign books. 

Critical Praise for The Engagement:
O Magazine: 32 Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books
TIME Interview with Sasha Issenberg
New York Journal of Books - Review
New York Times Book Review

Event Type(s): Adult, Summer Reading
Age Group(s): Adults (18+)
Presenter: Sasha Issenberg
Ann Kennedy

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