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The Resource Don't tell me to wait : how the fight for gay rights changed America and transformed Obama's presidency, Kerry Eleveld

Don't tell me to wait : how the fight for gay rights changed America and transformed Obama's presidency, Kerry Eleveld

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Don't tell me to wait : how the fight for gay rights changed America and transformed Obama's presidency
Title
Don't tell me to wait
Title remainder
how the fight for gay rights changed America and transformed Obama's presidency
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Kerry Eleveld
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eng
Summary
  • "As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama distanced himself from same-sex marriage, saying he believed marriage was "a sacred union" between a man and a woman. In 2012, he did just the opposite, proclaiming it was "important" for him to affirm the right of same-sex couples to marry. This dramatic about-face put the most powerful man in the world at the front of the battle for gay rights, giving LGBT Americans and their advocates an invaluable ally in their struggle for freedom. Just one year later, the Supreme Court would strike down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, and no Democratic presidential nominee would ever again shun marriage equality. As former Advocate journalist Kerry Eleveld shows, Obama's support transformed the issue of gay rights from a political liability into an electoral imperative, and in Don't Tell Me to Wait she offers a boots-on-the-ground account of how gay rights activists pushed the president to this political tipping point. Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality was not the result of a benevolent politician who entered the Oval Office with a wealth of good intentions. Rather, pressure from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists changed the conversation, issue by issue. As a result of the protests and outcry following the passage of California's same-sex marriage ban, Obama realized that overturning the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was the one 2008 campaign promise he couldn't ignore. While pledges to other progressive constituencies fell apart during Obama's first two years in office, the LGBT rights movement protested the administration's fecklessness early and often. By the time the sun set on the 111th Congress, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal had become the sole piece of major progressive legislation to become law. The repeal's overwhelming success and popularity paved the way for other LGBT advances, including the president's eventual embrace of the freedom to marry. With unprecedented access and unparalleled insights into this hot-button issue, Don't Tell Me to Wait captures a critical moment in LGBT history and demonstrates the power of activism to change the course of a presidency--and a nation. "--
  • "As former Advocate journalist Kerry Eleveld shows, Obama's support transformed the issue of gay rights from a political liability into an electoral imperative, and in Don't Tell Me to Wait she offers a boots-on-the-ground account of how gay rights activists pushed the president to this political tipping point. Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality was not the result of a benevolent politician who entered the Oval Office with a wealth of good intentions. Rather, pressure from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists changed the conversation, issue by issue. As a result of the protests and outcry following the passage of California's same-sex marriage ban, Obama realized that overturning the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was the one 2008 campaign promise he couldn't ignore. While pledges to other progressive constituencies fell apart during Obama's first two years in office, the LGBT rights movement protested the administration's fecklessness early and often. By the time the sun set on the 111th Congress, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal had become the sole piece of major progressive legislation to become law. The repeal's overwhelming success and popularity paved the way for other LGBT advances, including the president's eventual embrace of the freedom to marry"--
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Eleveld, Kerry
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ76.8.U5
LC item number
E44 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Gay rights
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Obama, Barack
  • Presidents
  • Gays
  • Homosexuality
  • United States
  • United States
  • Obama, Barack
  • Gay rights
  • Gays
  • Homosexuality
  • Political and social views
  • Politics and government
  • Presidents
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Social policy
  • United States
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Don't tell me to wait : how the fight for gay rights changed America and transformed Obama's presidency, Kerry Eleveld
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 349 pages
Isbn
9780465074891
Lccn
2015024502
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)905686155
Label
Don't tell me to wait : how the fight for gay rights changed America and transformed Obama's presidency, Kerry Eleveld
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 349 pages
Isbn
9780465074891
Lccn
2015024502
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)905686155

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