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Thu, Oct 8, 2015

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Roberta Kaplan

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Roberta Kaplan discusses Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA

in conversation with Eric Lander

This event includes a book signing.

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Then Comes Marriage, by Roberta KaplanHarvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome renowned litigator ROBERTA KAPLAN in conversation with ERIC LANDER, Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, for a discussion of Kaplan’s book Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA.

Roberta Kaplan knew from the beginning that it was the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together as a couple, in sickness and in health, for more than forty years—enduring society’s homophobia as well as Spyer’s near total paralysis from multiple sclerosis. Although the couple was finally able to marry, when Spyer died the federal government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax bill.

In this gripping, definitive account of one of our nation’s most significant civil rights victories, Kaplan describes meeting Windsor and their journey together to defeat DOMA. She shares the behind-the-scenes highs and lows, the excitement and the worries, and provides intriguing insights into her historic argument before the Supreme Court. A critical and previously untold part of the narrative is Kaplan’s own personal story, including her struggle for self-acceptance in order to create a loving family of her own.

Then Comes Marriage tells this quintessentially American story with honesty, humor, and heart. It is the momentous yet intimate account of a thrilling victory for equality under the law for all Americans, gay or straight.

United States v. Windsor was a landmark ruling, and the case’s architect, Roberta Kaplan, emerged as a true American hero. Then Comes Marriage is a riveting account of a watershed moment in our history, and the strategy, ingenuity, and humanity that made it happen.” — President Bill Clinton

“Roberta Kaplan makes questions of constitutionality and the intricacies of legal strategy read like a John Grisham thriller. Then Comes Marriage explains how we arrived at this surprising moment in history, but it’s also a testament to the persuasive, transformative power of a good story.” — Alison Bechdel, author of Dykes to Watch Out For and Fun Home

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hbs-kaplan-landerDr. Eric Lander is the President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, a new kind of biomedical research institution focused on genomic medicine. He is also Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Dr. Lander is also Professor of Biology at MIT and Professor of Systems Biology at the Harvard Medical School. In 2008, he was appointed by President Obama to co-chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).


hbs-kaplan-authorRoberta Kaplan is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Since winning United States v. Windsor, she litigated the case against the gay marriage ban in Mississippi and filed “The People’s Brief” in the Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges. She lives in New York City with her wife and son.

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