Eight-year old Alex has a fight with her best friend, Zach, who says he can no longer be her friend. Why? Because "her parents aren't married." Set in the San Francisco Bay Area months before the passage of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage, this picture
book looks at what Alex and her younger brother, Nicky, do to convince their parents to get married. Based on a true story, the book shows the real implications of the struggle for equality with beautiful illustrations by Lea Lyon.
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The next day we heard news on the radio. Our parents looked worried. "Sounds like Prop 8 might pass. If it does, we won't be able to marry," Mama Kathy told us. Soon signs popped up in our neighborhood. Mama Lee hammered one into our lawn. "Let's Keep California Great. Vote No on Prop 8." I biked by Zach's house. Zach's dad was putting a sign in their yard that said, "Marriage Is for a Man and a Woman." I started to cry.
"Very sensitively deals with the subject of same-sex marriage by telling the true story of one couple and their children. Children are very ready to start talking about the civil rights issues of our time and this book is a great jumping off point to get those conversations started." —Jacinta Bunnell, author, Girls Are Not Chicks Coloring Book "Shows how important marriage is to children and that they understand that anything less, is less than equal." —Dr. Davina Kotulski, author, Love Warriors and Why You Should Give a Damn About Gay Marriage "Cynthia delights audiences, with careful consideration not to leave anyone out. Her books are winners." —Heidi R. Kling, author, Sea "For those who believe, true love does conquer all." —www.BookDragon.si.edu (September 2011) "Operation Marriage is a well-constructed, age-appropriate story with an appealing cast of characters." —www.ThePirateTree.com (December 2011) "Wearing its heart on its sleeve, this message-driven text . . . will situate itself as part of the early-21st-century movement toward same-sex marriage rights." —Kirkus Reviews (January 15, 2012)
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- Operation Marriage and Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon have been nominated for the 2012 American Library Association's Rainbow Books List
So whatchya gonna do?
Operation Marriage! WHAT? Operation marriage! Euh!
Marriage is fo' all you folk,
Not just for the straight.
So let's enourage love and eliminate the hate.
Keep California great. Vote no on Prop 8.
We can no longer wait.
Eliminate the hate! Euh.
Rosa, Rosa, oh, Rosa Parks.
In 1955 you made the sparks.
Sittin' in the front. What a stunt.
What's worth the fight? Your civil rights. Euh.
Mildred and Richard, a loving couple,
In 1967 you made some trouble.
Interracial marriage was illegal
Until the courts ruled that people are just people.
Let's encourage love. No longer can we wait.
Value and respect all families, gay and straight.
Freedom to choose your own mate.
Freedom to be. Eliminate the hate.
Yo parents aren't married
So whatchya gonna do.
Operation Marriage. WHAT? Operation Marriage.
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