First legally married same-sex couple in America speak in Rochester this weekend


ROCHESTER, Minn. – They made history in 1971 when they exchanged vows in Minnesota making them the first same-sex couple in the United States to legally marry and Saturday, they’ll be at the Rochester Public Library.

Michael McConnell and Jack Baker will be discussing their book called The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World, at 2:00 p.m. They will also be talking about the exhibit chronicling their story called “America’s First Gay Marriage” which is on display at the library.

“It’s just part of our programming that we offer here at the library, part of our mission of being a welcoming space for everyone in the community,” explains Karen Lemke with the library.

The exhibit is on loan from the Tretter Collection in LGBT studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries and will be on display through Sunday. The library will be providing additional LQBTQIA programming in the coming months.


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