THE WEDDING HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD event at the Rochester Public Library with Michael McConnell and Jack Baker
Oct 22, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
|Where||Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904|
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Michael McConnell and Jack Baker will be at the Rochester Public Library on Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of their book, The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America's First Gay Marriage.
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, on the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to make love the law of the land. Their long campaign for marriage equality and insistence on equal rights for all citizens is a model for advocates of social justice and an inspiration for everyone who struggles for acceptance in a less-than-equal world.
"Michael and Jack made history by getting married in 1971—and the letters they received reveal the impact this had on people all over the world. Their story is both universal and unprecedented, offering a riveting look into gay life, love, and activism in the late 1960s and 1970s and the fight for same-sex marriage." —Lisa Vecoli, curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies, University of Minnesota Libraries