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‘Baker v. Nelson’ same-sex marriage pioneer hails U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Sunday, June 28, 2015
In this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis. The couple was blocked from getting a license which prompted a lawsuit that was ultimately rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 in Baker v. Nelson. Four decades later, the couple is still together in Minneapolis as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 26, 2015 that marriage equality is a constitutional right.
A Minnesota man who fought for his own same-sex marriage more than 40 years ago is celebrating the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country. ...

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German museum launches exhibit documenting 150 years of gay history

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The exhibit traces 150 years of gay history in the country, including the first uses of the term "homosexual," the brutal Nazi-era repression of gays and gradual moves toward legal equality starting in the 1960s. ...

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New York City grants landmark status to Stonewall Inn

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Stonewall Inn, New York.
New York City's landmarks commission has voted to grant official status to the Greenwich Village bar where resistance to a police raid sparked the modern gay rights movement. ...

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Philadelphia July 4th events to recall bold 1965 gay rights protest

Monday, June 15, 2015
On the Fourth of July 50 years ago, when homosexuality was considered a mental illness and a same-sex couple's public declaration of love put their lives and livelihoods at risk, about 40 people took a stand by staging a peaceful ...

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Case of same-sex couple to receive marriage license in 1971 reverberates today

Sunday, May 17, 2015
R. Bertraine Heine, Minnesota Historical Society/APIn this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis.
Long before the fight over same-sex marriage began in earnest, long before gay couples began lining up for marriage licenses, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell decided to wed. ...

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The improbable, 200-year-old story of one of America’s first same-sex ‘marriages’

Saturday, March 21, 2015
The shared tombstone of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, a 19th-century lesbian couple.
Charity Bryant only intended to stay a few days in Weybridge, Vt., a tiny rural town with little to hold her attention. But then she met Sylvia Drake. ...

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Why is a state historical society honoring a discredited book about Matthew Shepard?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Stephen Jimenez
The Wyoming State Historical Society honored a book that asserts college student Matthew Shepard wasn’t murdered because he was gay, but was instead killed in a drug-related incident – even though the book relies on wild extrapolation and questionable or ...

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Looking back at the most historic date in LGBT history…

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  case. On June 26, 2013, the court struck down a key provision of DOMA that denied federal recognition to married, same-sex couples.
June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations. It ...

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Dear Nancy Grace: Your revisionist history of Anita Bryant is mind boggling

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Anita Bryant, country singer and gay-rights opponent, had a banana cream pie thrown in her face by Tom Higgins, an openly gay man from Minneapolis, in 1977 during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. Instead of retaliating, Bryant's husband, Bob Green, said to let Higgins go untouched as they prayed for him.
As a gay dad to two boys adopted from foster care as babies, I can tell you that what Anita Bryant WAS trying to do was de-humanizing.  Under the rallying cry of “save our children” she fought to keep gay ...

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National Park Service announces effort to mark historic LGBT sites

Friday, May 30, 2014
Stonewall Inn, New York.
The U.S. National Park Service will begin marking places of significance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Friday at the Stonewall Inn, scene of the 1969 riots widely credited with starting ...

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