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The Resource The wedding heard 'round the world : America's first gay marriage, Michael McConnell, with Jack Baker as told to Gail Langer Karwoski

The wedding heard 'round the world : America's first gay marriage, Michael McConnell, with Jack Baker as told to Gail Langer Karwoski

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The wedding heard 'round the world : America's first gay marriage
Title
The wedding heard 'round the world
Title remainder
America's first gay marriage
Statement of responsibility
Michael McConnell, with Jack Baker as told to Gail Langer Karwoski
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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--a unique account of the passion and energy of the gay liberation movement in the sixties and seventies. At the dawn of the modern gay movement (while New York's Stonewall riots and San Francisco's emerging political activism bloomed), these two young men insisted on making their commitment a legal reality. They were already crusaders for gay rights: Jack had twice been elected the University of Minnesota's student president--the first openly gay university student president in the country, an election reported by Walter Cronkite on network TV news. They were featured in LOOK magazine's special issue about the American family and received letters of support from around the world. The couple navigated complex procedures to obtain a state-issued marriage license. Their ceremony was conducted by a Methodist minister in a friend's tiny Minneapolis apartment. Wearing matching white pantsuits, exchanging custom-designed rings, and sharing a tiered wedding cake, Michael and Jack celebrated their historic marriage. After reciting their vows, they sealed their promise to love and honor each other with a kiss and a signed marriage certificate. Repercussions were immediate: Michael's job offer at the University of Minnesota was rescinded, leading him to wage a battle against job discrimination with the help of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union.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. Michael and Jack have retired from the public spotlight, but after four decades their marriage is still their joy and comfort. Living quietly in a Minneapolis bungalow, they exemplify a contemporary version of the American dream. Only now, with marriage equality in the headlines and the Supreme Court decision to make love the law of the land, are they willing to tell the entire story of their groundbreaking experiences. TIME magazine listed the twenty-five most influential marriages of all time and included Michael and Jack, and they were recently profiled in a cover story in the Sunday New York Times. 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."--
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1942-
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McConnell, Michael
Dewey number
306.84/809776
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1034.U5
LC item number
M33 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Baker, Jack
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Gay rights
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Gay rights
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Minnesota
  • Samkönade äktenskap
  • Förenta staterna
Label
The wedding heard 'round the world : America's first gay marriage, Michael McConnell, with Jack Baker as told to Gail Langer Karwoski
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Dancing -- 2. Romancing -- 3. Military Maneuvers -- 4. Forcing the Air Force to Fly Fair -- 5. Jack Moves Away -- 6. FREE -- 7. The Right to Marry -- 8. The Right to Work -- 9. Gay House -- 10. New Year, Lots of Resolutions -- 11. Mister President -- 12. Short Trip to Blue Earth -- 13. Groom and Groom -- 14. The Highest Court in the Land -- 15. Married Life -- 16. Back Roads -- 17. Ever After
Control code
926312828
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 174 pages
Isbn
9780816699261
Lccn
2015030115
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
UMKC: Z Coll. copy forms part of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America Collection.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)926312828
Label
The wedding heard 'round the world : America's first gay marriage, Michael McConnell, with Jack Baker as told to Gail Langer Karwoski
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Dancing -- 2. Romancing -- 3. Military Maneuvers -- 4. Forcing the Air Force to Fly Fair -- 5. Jack Moves Away -- 6. FREE -- 7. The Right to Marry -- 8. The Right to Work -- 9. Gay House -- 10. New Year, Lots of Resolutions -- 11. Mister President -- 12. Short Trip to Blue Earth -- 13. Groom and Groom -- 14. The Highest Court in the Land -- 15. Married Life -- 16. Back Roads -- 17. Ever After
Control code
926312828
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 174 pages
Isbn
9780816699261
Lccn
2015030115
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
UMKC: Z Coll. copy forms part of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America Collection.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)926312828

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