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 as fifty—years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife.

In Outlaw 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  - Steven Elliott - Goodreads

Wonderful overview of hidden same sex couples in history and the lives that they led. Sometimes I questioned that length of time the people lived together, but the author brings out these ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

This was an easy way to read about lots of different famous people and learn some history that I didn't know. I liked hearing about the couples' partnerships and how they stayed together or broke ... Read full review

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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