‘Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial’
By Kenji Yoshino Crown, 2015 $26 384 pages no, came as the biggest surprise. Issues such as same-sex marriage very seldom go to trial; both parties usually try to avoid it long before things ever get that far.
But Yoshino’s fascination—and the indepth examination he offers on Hollingsworth v. Perry—becomes a mixed bag in “Speak Now.” On one hand, there are heartfelt examples of people who would most benefit from the defeat of Prop 8, as told from the exciting perspective of a major courtroom drama; on the other hand, there’s a lot of legalese here that is only partially explained in layman’s terms. We’re treated to detailed, sometimes happy human-interest stories (including the authors’ own), followed by information that will send many readers scrambling for a legal dictionary. Oy.
Still, despite that near-obstacle, I think this book is worthwhile—if nothing but for the significance of the case it highlights. Read carefully, don’t rush yourself, have a legal reference source handy, and “Speak Now” is a book you won’t want left on the shelf.