Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Pioneer Hails High Court RulingA Minneapolis man who fought for his own same-sex marriage more than 40 years ago is celebrating the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country. Michael McConnell says in an email to The Associated Press that the high court affirmed the question he and his partner raised 44 years ago — "same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry."
A Rare Glimpse At Minn.’s 1st Gay Wedding In 1971 At midnight this Wednesday, Minnesota becomes the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. It's been a lifetime struggle for many, including one Minneapolis couple who are believed to be the first gay couple in the United States to be married - 42 years ago. The demonstrators who fought to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota owe a debt to this Minneapolis couple who now shun publicity, but who once shocked the nation into awareness.