Brides and Prejudice

As we come to the end of 2013, we can say with confidence (and a touch of sass) that gay marriage is here to stay. DOMA and Prop. 8 are ding-dong dead, and Hawaii and New Jersey have recently joined the tide of 14 other states that allow same-sex couples to get engayged. Just a few years ago, however, the story was quite different. Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century is a collection of 20 true, first-person tales from the frenzied months following the 2008 California Supreme Court decision that said it was unconstitutional to deny marriage rights to gays and lesbians. Edited by S.F. State professor Nona Caspers (Heavier Than Air) and filmmaker/oral historian Joell Hallowell (Take Me to the River), Lawfully Wedded Wives compiles, both in words and photos, the raw, urgent narratives of lesbian couples during that era, and documents, as Caspers put it, “one of the most historic changes in civil rights in our time.” In addition to the reading, Caspers and Hallowell screen their 10-minute film, answer questions, and what wedding book reading would be complete without champagne and cupcakes?

Thu., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 2013

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