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‘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.

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