05/16/2013 01:19 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Jack Baker And Michael McConnell Predicted Minnesota Marriage Victory In '70s

R. Bertrand Heine/MN Historical Society

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The two Minneapolis men who were the first in the country to fight for the legal right for gay couples to marry 43 years ago have kept a low profile this week, even as Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Jack Baker and Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license on May 18, 1970. Their case led to the 1971 Minnesota Supreme Court Baker ruling that set the precedent against same-sex marriage in Minnesota until this year.

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