After decades-long legal battle, gay couple’s 1971 marriage officially recognized

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03/07/2019

In 1971, gay couple Michael McConnell and Jack Baker applied for a marriage license from Blue Earth County, Minnesota. The clerk, not realizing one of the individuals listed on the application was male, issued the license — though stopped short of officially recording it. Nearly five decades later — after a prolonged legal battle to get their union legally recognized — their wish was granted. The couple received a letter from the Social Security Administration on Feb. 16 officially validating their ’71 marriage. The McConnells (Jack took Michael’s last name) are now thought to be the longest-married, same-sex couple in the U.S. — and perhaps world.

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