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Same-Sex Marriage Wasn't A Priority Until The Religious Right Targeted It

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On June 26, 2015 the White House was lit with the colors of the rainbow in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

In his new book, Sasha Issenberg argues that the LGBTQ community's focus was elsewhere when conservative Christians unleashed an attack against same-sex marriage.

By 1990, America had reported more than 31,000 deaths from AIDS, and almost half the states still had "sodomy laws" banning sexual acts between persons of the same sex. These were the issues facing homosexuals as that decade began.

But when diehard Christians began speaking out against LGBTQ people applying for marriage licenses, and states passed laws and amendments to protect so-called "traditional marriage," the right to marry moved up on activists' to-do list.

Issenberg describes key players and moments in the decades-long fight for the right of same-sex couples to wed.

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