Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

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Beacon Press, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many asfifty—years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife.

InOutlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture.

Among the high-profile couples whose lives and loves are illuminated in the following pages are Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith, literary icon Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, author James Baldwin and Lucien Happersberger, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. 


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Review: Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

User Review  - Chelsea - Goodreads

Very interesting topic, but mediocre writing. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Young - Goodreads

Some great anecdotes in this "biography lite" collection. The message seems to be that gay marriage has been with us for forever, we just didn't know it. Learned a bit about some really interesting ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Rodger Streitmatter, a former newspaper reporter, is a member of the School of Communication faculty at American University. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his husband, Tom Grooms.

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