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Minn. couple in 40-year-old gay-marriage case still together

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The Associated Press has a few comments from Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, the two Minnesota men who 40 years ago attempted to be the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the U.S.

Their case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ultimately declined to hear it.

But now the nation’s highest court plans to revisit gay marriage rights, and Baker and McConnell, both at age 70 — still together, living a relatively low-profile life in Minneapolis — are around see it, the AP says. “The outcome was never in doubt because the conclusion was intuitively obvious to a first-year law student,” Baker wrote in an email to the AP.

The Supreme Court on Friday announced it would wade into the debate over same-sex marriage, agreeing to hear two cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage strictly as unions of one man and one woman, the New York Times reported.

Minnesota law does not allow same-sex marriage. But some gay rights activists say the time is right to change the law to allow it.

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