Lavender: America’s First Gay Marriage, 44 Years Later

By Shane Lueck

The Wedding Heard 'Round the World (Michael McConnell and Jack Baker)Jack Baker and Michael McConnell sit at their solid oak dining table in their south Minneapolis home. An advance copy of Michael’s memoir (to be released in January) sits in front of them. The memoir, titled The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World, details their love story and commitment to each other that led to the United States’ first gay wedding… in 1971.

Long before the fight over same-sex marriage took over national media, long before Kentucky clerks were being arrested for denying gay couples’ marriage licenses, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell decided to find a way to marry.

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