Couple coming to Decatur to discuss America’s first gay marriage

Posted by Dena Mellick January 21, 2016

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The first legally married gay couple is coming to Decatur to discuss a new memoir.

A press release said, “Jack Baker and Michael McConnell found a way to marry in 1971 — more than 40 years before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling — with a state-issued marriage license and a Methodist minister.”

The two have written a book called “The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage.”

They will discuss it on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the law offices of Williams Teusink, the High House, at 309 Sycamore Street in Decatur.

Baker and McConnell will be joined by Georgia writer Gail Langer Karwoski, who helped them write their story.

The press release says of the free event, “the couple will talk informally about their role in the early gay rights movement of the seventies — a time of turbulence and passion — as well as their battles for equal treatment for LGBT people in the workplace and the courts.”

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