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Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Every day, thousands of loving couples come together to make a simple legal commitment to each other, but the narrators of “Lawfully Wedded Wives” tell the unique first-person stories of marrying during those strange and exciting few months immediately following the California Supreme Court’s 2008 decision that it was unconstitutional to deny marriage rights to gays and lesbians. In their own words, these are voices from a unique slice of queer history–a history that is changing rapidly by the day as gay marriage spreads from Hawaii to New Jersey.
Help ring in the release of “Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century.”
In celebration of their new book of first-person stories, please join co-editors Nona Caspers and Joell Hallowell, along with Assistant Editor Chad Koch and a variety of other participants from the book. Nona and Joell will be screening their 10 minute film, reading from the book, answering questions, and serving up a bit of wedding champagne and cupcakes.
THURSDAY, DEC 12th, 7PM
Modern Times Bookstore Collective
2919 24th ST (@ Alabama)
The interviews by Caspers and master story teller, filmmaker and oral historian Joell Hallowell provide a moving and contemporary glimpse into the women’s decisions to wed, meanings they assign to weddings and marriage, how their friends and families responded, and how their relationships changed.
“Every day, thousands of loving couples come together to make a simple, legal commitment to each other,” Hallowell said, “but the women in Lawfully Wedded Wives tell their memorable stories of marrying in the months immediately after the California Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to deny marriage rights to lesbians and gays.”
“Choosing to wed with varying levels of joy and trepidation, this eclectic group of women had two things in common – a compelling reason to rush to the altar and a stack of wedding photos,” Caspers recounted. “Their intimate, personal stories document one of the most historic changes in civil rights in our time.”