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. The McConnells Jack took Michael's last name are now thought to be the longest-married, same-sex couple in the U. After first being denied a marriage license in Hennepin County, Minnesota, in May , the couple figured out a loophole. With no proof of marriage, the McConnells explained, they could not collect Social Security spousal benefits, even after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in
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A Glimpse Into s Gay Activism - The Atlantic
You can find more of the images here. It was the most shocking and, to most Americans, the most surprising liberation movement yet. They were, moreover, moving into direct confrontation with conventional society. Their battle was far from won. But in militant homosexuals showed they they were prepared to fight it…They resent what they consider to be savage discrimination against them on the basis of a preference which they did not choose and which they cannot — and do not want to — change. From Telford, Penn. We owe it to ourselves and to those who fought to keep this not-so-distant past fresh in our minds as we take the fight into the 21st century.
A Glimpse Into 1970s Gay Activism
In its analysis of the results, CROP said, "We are witnessing a social phenomenon… of substance -- a unique, historical process of social change. What's more, the polling company postulated that since younger demographic groups had the highest level of acceptance of same-sex marriage, the "legitimacy of same-sex marriage and consequently, homosexuality will grow" as the weight of these demographic groups increases over time. Fifty years ago, Canadians were far less tolerant. Up until the late 's, sexual relations between men were illegal, punishable by severe penalties. In , Everett Kippert of the North-West Territories was given an indefinite prison sentence as a "dangerous offender" for simply being a homosexual who was unwilling to remain celibate.
The demonstrators who fought to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota owe a debt to this Minneapolis couple who now shun publicity, but who once shocked the nation into awareness. What is believed to be the first same-sex marriage in the United States was performed in Minnesota. He says everyone who attended the wedding at a Victorian home in Minneapolis understood the consequences of what they were doing.