Accidental Activists

David Collins
Author David Collins discusses his book Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas. It chronicles the legal fight for same-sex marriage rights by two men – one with Missouri ties – in a state “steeped in Marlboro Man mythology and social conservatism.”
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Program: 
6:30 pm
Nowhere, perhaps, was the fight for marriage equality more daunting than deep in the heart of Texas – a state “steeped in Marlboro Man mythology and social conservatism,” as Texas Monthly magazine put it.

Mark Phariss, a graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and Vic Holmes nonetheless joined a challenge of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage that lasted two arduous years. They won their case in district court, and the state’s appeal was in progress when the U.S. Supreme Court settled things in 2015, legalizing same-sex marriage in Obergefell vs. Hodges. Phariss and Holmes wed in Frisco, Texas, that November.

David Collins, a former English professor at Westminster, chronicles their story in Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas. He discusses the new book and the couple’s personal and legal journey.