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Today in LGBT History- May 18th

May 18, 1970- The first time two men file for a marriage license in the United States

richard and james

A senior deputy clerk of Hennepin County District Court, administered oaths to James and Richard.

Richard Jack Baker and James M. McConnell hold a press conference announcing their plans to marry and go to the Minneapolis city clerk’s office. The clerk asks a lawyer’s opinion and hears that issuing the license would “result in an undermining and destruction of the entire legal concept of our family structure in all areas  of law.”


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