Original photographer:
Charlotte Brooks
Charlotte Brooks

Bill Ganzel


Michael McConnell & Jack Baker – "The Homosexual Couple"

"Jack Baker (left) and Michael McConnell have been living together for over three years. Last May [1970] they applied for a marriage license but Minnesota authorities won't issue one." Photo by Charlotte Brooks, from the January 26, 1971, edition of LOOK.

Jack Baker and Michael McConnell in 1970

Michael McConnell in the Minneapolis house he still shares with Jack Baker. In September, 1971, they legally changed their names to gender-neutral ones, received a marriage license in Mankato, and were married by a Methodist minister. This was undoubtably the first gay marriage in America. They've now been married for over 40 years. Photo by Bill Ganzel, January, 2018.

Michael McConnell in 2018