Andrea and Sylvester: Challenging Marriage Taboos and Paving the Way to Same-Sex Marriage, by Robert Dodge, was recently released by Algora Publishing of New York. At present it is available on Amazon, from the publisher and at other online sites. In 1941 a young couple met and fell in love; but one of them was considered Black while the other was considered White. Laws against intermarriage between races had been upheld by every court in the United States since Reconstruction, after the Civil War. Andrea and Sylvester – a Mexican-American woman and an African-American man – challenged these laws and won, and their success inspired changes that ended that taboo. When same-sex marriage became a pressing issue, their case was the precedent that first persuaded the courts to allow it. Thus Andrea and Sylvester can be credited with successfully challenging a second marriage taboo. Both stories are followed from the beginning through the Supreme Court’s decisions in which they had influence.