Adoption STAR clients (and their son) are an important part of LGBT history, as chronicled in a recent book.
Earlier this month (just a bit before the year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that brought marriage equality to all of the United States), an amazing book entitled “Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality” hit the shelves.
As per the press associated with the book’s release, “Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Debbie Cenziper and co-author Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff and now among the most recognized faces in the LGBTQ rights movement, present an intimate, gripping account of the legal precedents and personal hardships behind this unforgettable victory for the gay community. Taking readers inside courtrooms, lives, and hearts, Love Wins captures the determination and courage of couples, families, supporters, activists, and attorneys who joined forced to validate the bonds between same-sex partners from coast to coast.”
In addition to Mr. Obergefell’s story, the book features stories on other co-plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit, including “New York City residents Joe Vitale and Rob Talmas, whose two-year-old son, Cooper, was the youngest plaintiff in the case. Since Cooper was adopted in Ohio, which did not recognize same-sex marriage, Joe and Rob were forced to choose only one of their names for Cooper’s birth certificate, deeming the other a legal stranger.”
Rob, Joe and Cooper have special significance to Adoption STAR. Rob and Joe are Adoption STAR clients that adopted Cooper with the support and assistance of our agency. After adopting Cooper, Rob and Joe have proven to be big proponents of Adoption STAR in countless ways, including working to ensure Adoption STAR gets a mention in the pages of “Love Wins.”
We are proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Rob, Joe and Cooper as they committed themselves to engaging in a truly epic legal battle – one that resulted in a historic win for those standing on the side of love.
We encourage ALL of you to give “Love Wins” a read. As you can see below, it’s getting rave reviews!
“Love Wins is a real winner, expertly crafted. You can tell it’s going to make a great movie.”—Bob Woodward
“Love Wins…is a tender story, inspiring, and ultimately a huge celebration… This book will become a classic.” —Erin Brockovich
“I am recommending Love Wins to everyone I know. Rarely does a book of such uncommon beauty come around, one that digs beneath the headlines to its human heart.”—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home
“Beautifully told and carefully researched, Love Wins is a deeply moving insider’s account of the ordinary families who took the fight for marriage equality to the Supreme Court and won…America really does stand for liberty and justice for all.” —Kathleen Parker, Nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist
“Told with a novel’s narrative drive, this recounting of the landmark Supreme Court case… is taut, tense, and highly readable.”—Booklist, starred
“Uplifting, well-written story of personal courage and political empowerment.”—Kirk’s
“Full of dialogue and personal anecdotes that it feels as much like a biography as a legal history. . . . Readers will feel they’ve been completely guided into seeing the people behind the cases.” —Publishers Weekly