Black and white photograph of a Socialist Workers Party meeting, ca. 1940. Vincent R. Dunne and Grace Carlson sit in the center of the front row.

Socialist Workers Party meeting

A Socialist Workers Party meeting, ca. 1940. Vincent R. Dunne and Grace Carlson sit in the center of the front row.

Black and white photograph of Vincent Dunne (left), James P. Cannon (center), and Arne Swabeck (right) in Los Angeles, August, 1954.

Vincent R. Dunne, James P. Cannon, and Arne Swabeck

Vincent Dunne (left), James P. Cannon (center), and Arne Swabeck (right) in Los Angeles, August, 1954.

Black and white photograph of Vincent Raymond Dunne, Minneapolis labor leader, ca. 1930s.

Vincent Raymond Dunne

Vincent Raymond Dunne, Minneapolis labor leader, ca. 1930s.

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.

Poster used during Jack Baker's student-body president campaign

Poster used during Jack Baker's University of Minnesota 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.

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