‘The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America‘s First Gay Marriage’
By Michael McConnell with Jack Baker, as told to Gail Langer Karwoski University of Minnesota Press, 2016 200 pages $22.95
Authors Michael McConnell and Jack Baker continued their activism, but their nuptials, the first in America for same-sex celebrants, are the real focus in “The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World.” And that’s a good thing, too, because the love story in this book is what makes it so readable. McConnell’s account (as told to Gail Langer Karwoski) is mostly what’s here, and it’s the quintessential romance: boy meets boy, boy marries boy, they live happily (almost) ever after.
Conversely, it’s the almost that makes this book so important: the battles the authors accepted caused emotional hardship in many ways and that almost led to a breakup. And yet, for the sake of others who came after them, they continued to take on gay rights issues— stories of which are told humbly, yet proudly.
Overall, this is a sweet story wrapped inside a righteous fight, told with charm and grace. It’s deep, yet lighthearted and definitely worth a look. Start “The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World”—and you’ll have no defense.