*A New York Times Notable Book of the Year* * A Washington Post Best Book of the Year (Nonfiction)* * A Kirkus Best Book of the Year* Jo Becker has written a riveting history of one of America s great court cases. She captures our struggle for freedom and its epic sweep just perfectly. Future generations will turn to her book to understand Proposition 8 from its inception its journey to the Supreme Court, along with special insights into the remarkable DOMA victory led by the legendary Edie Windsor. --David Mixner, LGBT Activist and Author of "Stranger Among Friends" and "Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage" [A] riveting legal drama, a snapshot in time, when the gay rights movement altered course and public opinion shifted with the speed of a bullet train... Becker s most remarkable accomplishment is to weave a spellbinder of a tale that, despite a finale reported around the world, manages to keep readers gripped until the very end. --The Washington Post A groundbreaking work of reportage by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jo Becker, " Forcing the Spring "is the definitive account of five remarkable years in American civil rights history, when the United States experienced a tectonic shift on the issue of marriage equality. Focusing on the historic legal challenge of California s ban on same-sex marriage, Becker offers a gripping, behind-the scenes narrative told with the lightning pace of a great legal thriller. Taking the reader from the Oval Office to the Supreme Court ruling, from state-by-state campaigns to an astounding shift in national public opinion, "Forcing the Spring" is political and legal journalism at its finest."