Where Perry Fits in the National Strategy to Win the Freedom to Marry


How are we going to win the freedom to marry and end marriage discrimination nationwide? Decades ago, my movement colleagues and I set out to answer that question, and then to make good on the answer.

First in debate, and then in the real work of laying the foundation, breaking┬áthe ice, starting to win, and moving the cause forward, we came to understand–and put forward–a national strategy. To shape the strategy that would guide us to victory, we drew on lessons from the history of other social justice movements and other social change chapters in American history. And we drew, as well, on the structure of marriage and how marriage operates in our federal/state system.

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