September 08, 2016

Love Wins, authored by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell, is a "fascinating and very moving story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage."

A University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications graduate, Cenziper spoke on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. as part of the college's Great Storytellers Series in the Pugh Hall Ocora about her book and the legalization of same-sex marriage. 

Cenziper, who was born in Philadelphia, joined The Washington Post’s Investigative staff after working at the Miami Herald for more than five years. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for her year-long investigation of housing corruption in Miami, which led to the convictions of several developers and to a federal takeover of the county housing agency. In 2006, Debbie was named a Pulitzer finalist in explanatory reporting for her series exposing breakdowns in the nation’s hurricane-warning system.

At The Post, she has reported on local nonprofit groups that failed to provide services for people with AIDS and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's troubled housing-construction program for the poor, which led to changes in federal law. “Forced Out,” exposing dangerous conditions in the District's rent-controlled apartments, was awarded Harvard University’s 2009 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. 

The event was sponsored by the College of Journalism and Communications, UF LGBT Affairs and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service