At midnight on Wednesday, Minnesota becomes the 12th state in the nation to legalize same sex marriage. It’s been a lifetime struggle for many, including one Minneapolis couple who are believed to be the first gay couple in the United States to be married – and it was 42 years ago.
Jack Baker and Mike McConnell were legally married by a young Methodist minister in Mankato, MN. Baker had legally changed his name to the gender-neutral Pat Lynne McConnell and McConnell got the marriage license. By the time the state of MN figured it out it was already too late. The two were legally married.
While Minnesota did try to null and void their marriage Baker and McConnell fought back fguriously and predicted they would win eventually, but the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that their marriage was illegal. However, their license was never revoked and they still have it today.
Baker and McConnell currently have no plans to marry under Minnesota’s new marriage equality law because, as they rightfully and proudly say, they already are.
You can watch rare footage and learn even more about Mike and Jack’s story at CBS – WCCO 4 MN