Only a few years ago, marriage was defined as an exclusive club for heterosexuals only. Today, it has expanded to welcome gay and lesbian couples across the entire United States.
Defining Marriage traces the decades-long evolution of marriage through the personal stories of those who lived through it. Writer Matt Baume provides an intimate glimpse into the private lives of those who dreamed of marriage in the 1970s, the survivors of the 1980s, the audacious pioneers of the 1990s, the tireless soldiers of the 2000s, and the champions who won marriage today.
Along the way, he explores the individual stories of the people who participated in this revolution, examines what marriage has become, and shows with vivid, compelling personal narratives how the act of defining marriage forever changed the lives and loves of the people who fought to define the institution. As the journey to equality unfolds over the years, Baume finds himself unexpectedly evaluating his own self-contradictory life as a marriage activist with no plans to marry his longtime partner.
I’m a writer, storyteller, and video-maker based in Seattle whose work focuses on LGBT issues, geek culture, and anything that is strange and wonderful.
I’m the creator of the popular podcast The Sewers of Paris, of the long-running marriage equality show Marriage News Watch, and a cavalcade of fun videos on YouTube. I also served as Communications Manager for the American Foundation for Equal Rights as part of the team that restored marriage equality in California.