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The inside story of the fight for gay marriage from the lawyer who defeated DOMA

The inside story of the fight for gay marriage from the lawyer who defeated DOMA

Early in "Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA," Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who won the DOMA case before the U.S. Supreme Court, writes about her wife, Rachel Lavine, and her feelings about marriage. "Rachel had been to a lot of straight weddings in her life," Kaplan tells us, "and even when she loved the bride and groom, she hated the weddings themselves because they made her feel excluded. Once we started going to the weddings of our lesbian and gay friends, however, that changed. These weddings were full of wondrous joy. Everyone there, not just the brides or the grooms, was filled with gratitude, love, and awe."

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