Throwin’ One Back

Today is Thursday. Tequila is $5 at Bacchus and we’re throwing it back to…

1970

We were watching Hawaii Five-O, Here’s Lucy, Flip Wilson and Marcus Welby, M.D.

Richard Nixon was 4 years away from resigning. The number one song in the land was the war protest song American Woman by The Guess Who. It had just superseded the Jackson 5's ABC which held the spot for two weeks prior. Click these photos below (featuring 1970s men's fashion!) for videos of both songs.

And if you're looking at these "fashion" images and thinking that the clothing of the 70s was getting androgynous, you'd be correct. The late 60s had ushered in the sexual revolution and the roles of men and women were starting to be redefined.

Still, it was no trivial matter and it shocked the world when, on this date in 1970, two University of Minnesota students, Richard John 'Jack' Baker and James Michael McConnell applied to Hennepin County District Court clerk Gerald Nelson for a marriage license. He denied the application, because the applicants both were men.

Baker and McConnell sued Nelson, claiming Minnesota law on marriage made no mention of gender. The trial court was not impressed with the argument, agreeing with Nelson. The state Supreme Court agreed with the lower court. When Baker-McConnell went to the U.S. Supreme Court, the couple was rebuffed again.

So, it's fair to say the fight for marriage equality began 47 years ago today. And thanks to Jack and James and so many protests and marches and sit-ins, attitudes changed as did the laws.

The fight for equality continues and local LGBTQ residents, their friends and supporters are encouraged to participate in the Equality March on June 11th. A large scale march is planned in Washington, D.C. to coincide with their pride weekend. Here in Honolulu, we can add our faces and voices in solidarity with those efforts.


Come to Bacchus today and throwback some $5 tequila and think of the courageous men from the University of Minnesota who started the fight for marriage equality. Start planning for June 11th. Enjoy this day. :-)