The Wedding Heard ’Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage
- Date: Friday, October 07, 2016
- Time: 4:00 pm
- Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
On September 3, 1971, Michael McConnell and Jack Baker exchanged vows in the first legal same-sex wedding in the United States. Repercussions were immediate: Michael’s job offer at the University of Minnesota was rescinded, leading him to wage a battle against job discrimination with the help of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union.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. 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.
Presented by the National Archives in collaboration with Stonewall@NARA, the National Archives LGBTQ employee Affinity Group.
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