MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When the definitive history of the gay rights movement is written, two Minnesotans could well get their own chapter.
Way back in 1971, Jack Baker and Mike McConnell legally obtained a marriage in license in Mankato.READ MORE: Walk Like A Penguin: How To Avoid Falling During Refreeze
The couple did use some legal maneuvering that included Jack Baker changing his name to the gender neutral Pat Lyn McConnell.
Eventually the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled against them and the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to hear their case.READ MORE: Operation Safety Net: Minneapolis Leaders Give Update On Chauvin Trial Preps
More than 40 years later, their case was part of the legal basis for the Supreme Court ultimately finding gay marriage is legal and the law of the land.
Another legal twist recently made them officially the longest legally married gay couple in U.S. history.MORE NEWS: When Will Children Be Able To Get Vaccinated? Mayo Clinic Pediatrician Weighs In
Their story is told in their boon “The Wedding Heard ’Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage,” available here.