Former Ginsburg clerk, Harvard Law professor, and author of the Bancroft Prize winning From Jim Crow to Civil Rights, Michael Klarman last week published From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage [Kindle]. While admitting our defeats in statehouses and referendums, Klarman is convinced of our ultimate legal triumph. Citing his unexpected pro-gay ruling from 1980 on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to his decision on Lawrence, Klarman believes crucial swing voter Justice Kennedy will rule in favor of gay marriage.
At 288 pages, the book is the perfect length to provide an understanding of the monumental changes in queer legal status during the past sixty years without boring the lay reader with excessive minutiae. The first two chapters zip through the era from World War II through the Court's terrible Bowers decision. Chapter three covers Hawaii and DOMA, and the remaining eight chapters bring us to the brink of this term's landmark cases for marriage equality.