Sep 18, 2017 7:00 PM St. Louis, MO

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When: Monday, September 18, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Where:Left Bank Books

399 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis 63108

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Category: Book Signing / Discussion

Who: Dave Collins (author), Mark Phariss, and Vic Holmes

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of “Accidental Activists” from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Left Bank Books welcomes author David Collins, who will sign and discuss his new book, “Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Battle for Marriage Equality in Texas” with “Post-Dispatch” reporter Doug Moore!

In early 2013 same-sex marriage was legal in only ten states and the District of Columbia. That year the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor appeared to open the door to marriage equality. In Texas, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, together for sixteen years and deeply in love, wondered why no one had stepped across the threshold to challenge their state’s 2005 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. “Accidental Activists” is the deeply moving story of two men who struggled to achieve the dignity of which Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke in a series of Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage that recognized the essential humanity of gay and lesbian people.

Doug Moore has been a reporter with the “Post-Dispatch” for 13 years. His current beat is diversity and demographics, which includes covering issues involving race, gay rights, refugee resettlement and immigration reform. He was the recipient of the 2010 Terry Hughes Award, given annually by the St. Louis Newspaper Guild to a reporter who champions the underdog and brings attention to populations that would not otherwise have a voice. He also won a first place writing award from the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors for a profile on the Kirkwood City Hall shooter.