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‘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.

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