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The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America's First Gay Marriage

Michael McConnell, Jack Baker, Gail Langer Karwoski

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Of specific Gay & Lesbian interest

This is the remarkable memoir of the first gay marriage in the US, a stirring and unique love story about social change and the will to live an equal life.

On September 3, 1971, Michael McConnell and Jack Baker exchanged vows in the first legal same-sex wedding in the United States. Their remarkable story is told here for the first time.

At the dawn of the modern gay movement, these two young men insisted on making their commitment a legal reality. Jack enrolled in law school, keeping his promise to Michael that he would figure out a way to marry. Fighting and playing the system, the couple obtained a marriage license, and were married by a Methodist minister in a friend's tiny Minneapolis apartment.

Repercussions were immediate: Michael's job offer at the University of Minnesota was rescinded, leading him to wage a battle against job discrimination with the help of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union. The couple eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court with two precedent-setting cases.

Now, fifty years after their marriage, Jack and Michael's story is one of the milestone events in the fight for equal rights, and this memoir the unmissable account an incredible couple.

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