Faygele Ben Miriam, Jewish Activist, Pioneered Washington State's Gay Marriage Fight In 1971

06/08/2012 12:45 pm ET | Updated 5 days ago
  • Eli Sanders Tablet Magazine

Decades before any state had seriously considered legalizing gay marriage, long before anyone had thought of creating--never mind repealing--a policy called "Don't Ask Don't Tell," before Reagan, before AIDS, before the American Psychiatric Association determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness, and before half the people currently living in America were even born, a man named John Singer stepped into the King County marriage license office in Seattle.

The year was 1971.

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