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November 23, 2014

In 1971, what was the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage?

On Oct. 15, 1971, the Minnesota Supreme Court rules that the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriages is constitutional. The case — the first of its kind in the United States — involves two men, Richard J. Baker and James M. McConnell (below), who had requested a marriage license from the Hennepin County clerk of court. When the clerk denied them the license, Baker and McConnell sued, eventually taking the case to the state’s highest court.

Photo courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society