Joining the widespread condemnation of Jo Becker’s book Forcing The Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, writer and activist Dan Savage called the book “a divisive lie,” a theft, a "bullshit-washing of history" and appalling.
Speaking with HuffPo Live, Savage said:
“The book has been universally condemned by people all across the ideological spectrum in the gay community. You know, when you’ve got Andrew Sullivan, Nathaniel Frank, Chris Geidner, Michelangelo Signorile, John Aravosis, me, all these people in unanimous agreement that this book is a travesty… Andrew said recently on his blog that he’s seen episodes of (anti-gay preacher) Pat Robinson’s The 700 Club that were received better in the gay community than this book.
"Jo Becker claims that this book is a history. It says in the book — she’s backpeddling now — that this is a history of the marriage equality movement. And she describes marriage equality as an issue that had languished in obscurity until 2008 when Chad Griffin, Ted Olson and David Boies decided to do something about it in the wake of the Prop 8 case, and that’s just complete and total bullshit. And they’re being called on it."
Savage goes on to slam Becker for disparaging Freedom to Marry founder and long-time marriage equality activist Evan Wolfson’s 50 state, one-state-at-a-time strategy which has proved very successful. Savage points out that people involved in the Prop 8 case had nothing to do with the Edie Windsor DOMA case which has been much more instrumental in winning marriage equality state-by-state across the nation.
A protest is planned for Jo Becker’s May 2 book signing event at the Book Passage in San Francisco.
See Savage's interview AFTER THE JUMP...