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Glorious Precedents: When Gay Marriage Was Radical

  title={Glorious Precedents: When Gay Marriage Was Radical},
  author={Michael Boucai},
  journal={University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series},
  • Michael Boucai
  • Published 28 January 2015
  • History
  • University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series
In the years immediately following the Stonewall riots of June 1969, a period when “gay liberation” rather than “gay rights” described the ambitions of a movement, three marriage cases made their way to and beyond trial: Baker v. Nelson in Minnesota, Jones v. Hallahan in Kentucky, and Singer v. Hara in Washington State. This article offers a detailed account of that early trilogy. Drawing on extensive archival research and on interviews with key players in each case, it shows that, contrary to… 
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