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Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis on May 18, 1970. The couple, both 28 at the time, were blocked from getting a license which prompted a lawsuit that was ultimately rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972. Four decades later, the couple is still together in Minneapolis as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to finally revisit the constitutionality of same-sex marriages. (AP Photo/Minnesota Historical Society, R. Bertraine Heine)

Minn. gay couple in '71 marriage case still united

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Jack Baker proposed to Michael McConnell that they join their lives together as a couple, in March 1967, McConnell accepted with a condition that was utterly radical for its time: that someday they would legally marry.

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