Dunne, Vincent Raymond (1889–1970)

Vincent Raymond (V. R.) Dunne dedicated his life to improving the plight of workers. A leader in the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strike and convicted in the Smith Act Trial of 1941 for his involvement in the Socialist Workers Party, Dunne fought many battles in labor and politics.

Black and white scan of Jack Baker’s poster for Student Body President campaign, 1971.

Jack Baker poster for Student Body President campaign

Jack Baker’s poster for Student Body President campaign, 1971.

Black and white scan of Jack Baker’s poster for Student Body President campaign, 1971.

Jack Baker’s poster for Student Body President campaign

Jack Baker’s poster for Student Body President campaign, 1971.

Black and white photograph of Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell applying for a marriage license in Minneapolis, 1970.

James Michael McConnell and Jack Baker applying for a marriage license

Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell apply for a marriage license in Minneapolis, 1970.

Black and white photograph of Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell applying for a marriage license in Minneapolis, 1970.

Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell

Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell apply for a marriage license in Minneapolis, 1970.

Black and white photograph of Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell applying for a marriage license in Minneapolis, 1970.

Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell applying for a marriage license

Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell apply for a marriage license in Minneapolis, 1970.

Baker v. Nelson

When Jack Baker and Michael McConnell became the first same-sex couple in the United States to apply for a marriage license, in 1970, Hennepin County clerk Gerald R. Nelson rejected their application. They then sued Nelson, claiming a constitutional right to marry in what would become a landmark Supreme Court Case.

Map of Minnesota showing the results of the marriage referendum included on ballots for the election held on November 6, 2012. Counties marked in red indicate a majority of “no” votes; counties marked in green indicate a majority of “yes” votes.

Marriage Amendment referendum results

Map of Minnesota showing the results of the marriage referendum included on ballots for the election held on November 6, 2012. Counties marked in red indicate a majority of “no” votes; counties marked in green indicate a majority of “yes” votes.

Color image of the Minnesotans for Marriage booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Photographed by Tony Webster on September 2, 2012.

Marriage amendment supporters at the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesotans for Marriage booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Photographed by Tony Webster on September 2, 2012.

Color image of civil rights leader Julian Bond and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton confering at a rally held to demonstrate opposition to Minnesota Marriage Amendment 1. Photographed by Bobak Ha’Eri on June 19, 2012.

Julian Bond and Mark Dayton

Civil rights leader Julian Bond and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton confer at a rally held to demonstrate opposition to Minnesota Marriage Amendment 1. Photographed by Bobak Ha’Eri on June 19, 2012.

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