Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How was marriage won? New book breaks it down

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

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In October, I interviewed Marc Solomon, the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, about the future of LGBT organizations. 

At the time, the U.S. Supreme Court had acted in a way that made same-sex marriage legal in many states including Colorado. My question for him was, "What happens to organizations aimed at winning marriage equality after they win?"

Solomon's answer to that was pretty simple: They go away. But we also touched on some other subjects in our conversation, including one of Solomon's favorites, "How did the LGBT community win the right to marry?"

Solomon was obviously excited to talk about the subject, but he didn't want to give too much away because he was preparing to release a book on the subject, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won

Well, the book is out, and Solomon is going to be in Denver to talk about it on Monday. I'm not sure of everything he'll address, but one thing is certain: He's going to give a lot of credit to Tim Gill. Gill is the founder of Quark, Inc., which made him a multimillionaire, and the founder of the Gill Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing equality for LGBT people.

One longtime branch of the Foundation was the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, which was based in Colorado Springs until it shut down at the end of 2011. The Fund pumped money into the Springs for philanthropic projects of all stripes in an effort to win hearts and minds. Many in the local LGBT community feel the fund was hugely influential in transforming the Springs from the place it was in 1992 — when local evangelical leaders worked to get anti-gay Amendment 2 passed — into the much more tolerant place it is today.

Anyway, I'm curious to read Marc's book. It's available for sale online, of course, but if you're a purist you'll buy it at Poor Richard's. The bookstore's owner, Richard Skorman, was a vocal supporter of LGBT rights back before it was popular. Poor Richard's should have the book on its shelves in a couple weeks.

Dec. 8: Freedom to Marry's Marc Solomon Hosts “Winning Marriage” Book Launch
Book highlights indispensable leadership of Tim Gill


WHAT: Marc Solomon, the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry and veteran marriage strategist, continues his national tour in Denver to promote Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won. The book, with a foreword by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, has received critical acclaim from Bob Woodward, Dee Dee Myers, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin. As a senior political strategist for the marriage movement for more than a decade, Solomon takes readers inside the White House, the Supreme Court, governors' offices and state capitols, as well as into the war rooms of marriage campaigns throughout the country, showing how the campaign for marriage equality has been waged and how it has prevailed. Solomon chronicles the indispensable role of Tim Gill, as well as the Denver-based Gill Foundation and the Gill Action Fund, in bringing about the victories secured over the last decade.

WHO: Marc Solomon, Tim Gill and Scott Miller, One Colorado

WHEN: Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street, Denver, CO 80202

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