The Law: Decisions

>Few homosexuals have pressed the cause of gay civil rights with as much legal energy as Jack Baker and James McConnell, both 29. Recently they won a round when a Minneapolis court ruled that McConnell could adopt Baker (TIME, Sept. 6). Two other legal battles, however, have just ended in failure for the couple. First, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that they were not entitled to a marriage license, despite their claim that "restricting marriage to only couples of the opposite sex is irrational and invidiously discriminatory." On the contrary, said the court,...

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