ARGUING EQUALITY An Interactive Web Guide To Understanding
And Presenting The Case For Same-Sex Marriage

My husband Nathan and I were wed on March 1, 2008. We decided to take a good portion of our wedding gifts and donate them to the creation of this site. We live in Atlanta, Georgia, and while our wedding was a beautiful event for us, our friends and our family, the truth is that it is not legally recognized, and this pains us both. And so I want to thank you, Nathan, for helping me with this project, and helping us fund it. To say I love you seems inadequate, because I will say it anyway. You are my guidepost, and you keep me reminded of what’s truly important in life, and I thank and love you for that.

If you’d like to see a small slideshow of our wedding, take a look here!-



To my sister Claire,

A while back you came to me, discouraged. You just had a conversation with a friend on the subject of gay marriage. He was against it. You knew he was in the wrong, you said, and you tried to persuade him, but he spoke ably on history and religion and morality and law, and you felt overwhelmed.

You didn’t know how to put it into words, you told me, but you knew what you believed: no matter what your friend said, it could not possibly be right, or moral, that in the United States you could get married, but I couldn’t.

Your purity of heart and sense of conviction serve as a constant reminder that the moral worthiness of our cause is clear. You inspired me to write this book; I hope it helps you, and others, make a difference.



Seth Persily is a member of the Georgia Bar and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Mr. Persily served as Publisher of the Harvard Law Record and co-President of the Lambda Law Association. Mr. Persily obtained his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he served as President of the Duke Gay, Bisexual & Lesbian Association. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in Religion and a minor in Gay & Lesbian Studies.

Mr. Persily worked at the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan before opening his own practice, Persily & Associates, which concentrates on employment discrimination and real estate law. He serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Equality as well as YouthPride.