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This is the story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell and their inspiring story becoming the first married gay couple in the US fifty years ago. Long before marriage equality was the law of the land, two grooms stood on a wedding cake with their feet firmly planted in fluffy white frosting. That cake belonged to Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, who were wed on September 3, This is the story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell and their inspiring story becoming the first married gay couple in the US fifty years ago. Long before marriage equality was the law of the land, two grooms stood on a wedding cake with their feet firmly planted in fluffy white frosting. That cake belonged to Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, who were wed on September 3, 1971, becoming the first same-sex couple in America to be legally married. Their struggle to obtain a marriage license in Minnesota and their subsequent appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States is an under-told story of LGBT history. This beautiful book celebrates the love story of two pioneers of marriage equality for all through the baking of their wedding cake!


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This is the story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell and their inspiring story becoming the first married gay couple in the US fifty years ago. Long before marriage equality was the law of the land, two grooms stood on a wedding cake with their feet firmly planted in fluffy white frosting. That cake belonged to Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, who were wed on September 3, This is the story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell and their inspiring story becoming the first married gay couple in the US fifty years ago. Long before marriage equality was the law of the land, two grooms stood on a wedding cake with their feet firmly planted in fluffy white frosting. That cake belonged to Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, who were wed on September 3, 1971, becoming the first same-sex couple in America to be legally married. Their struggle to obtain a marriage license in Minnesota and their subsequent appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States is an under-told story of LGBT history. This beautiful book celebrates the love story of two pioneers of marriage equality for all through the baking of their wedding cake!

30 review for Two Grooms on a Cake: The Story of America's First Gay Wedding

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    A delightful way to learn the history of the first gay marriage, telling the story through the eyes & voice of the two groom cake toppers, juxtaposing the steps in baking a cake with the steps these two men took to be legally married. Love, determination, perseverance, equality all topped with heart.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Echo

    CWs: homophobia OVERALL: This is a really cute, informative book that would be so great for children. I love the illustrations as well as the factual information included. STORY: It was so fun to follow Jack and Michael’s journey and learn more about America’s first legally married gay couple, as well as the battle towards marriage rights for all queer couples. STRUCTURE: The blurb about the real Jack and Michael and timeline at the end were nice! However, I wish there was slightly more info includ CWs: homophobia OVERALL: This is a really cute, informative book that would be so great for children. I love the illustrations as well as the factual information included. STORY: It was so fun to follow Jack and Michael’s journey and learn more about America’s first legally married gay couple, as well as the battle towards marriage rights for all queer couples. STRUCTURE: The blurb about the real Jack and Michael and timeline at the end were nice! However, I wish there was slightly more info included in the timeline. For example, it mentions the Defense of Marriage Act, but doesn’t explain what the act was, so a reader who hasn’t previously heard of DOMA has no idea if that’s good or bad for queer couples. The other issue I had with the book is that the text was REALLY small. This makes it inaccessible to many disabled readers, including myself; I was only able to read it because I had a digital copy and could zoom in. ILLUSTRATIONS: I absolutely love the art style of the illustrations! the muted, vintage color palette added such a nice vibe and the drawings were so detailed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)

    This was super cute!!! I liked how it was playful and explained things in a way that (hopefully) kids will understand. I adore how they used baking as a way to explain love and dating! I mean who would have thought of that?! Like I know people say you cook/bake WITH love. But I don't recall anyone has ever compared dating/love to baking/cooking. ANYWAYS the illustrations are absolutely adorable too!!! It was so fun and colorful, despite the slightly sad undertone there is in the book (hello, it' This was super cute!!! I liked how it was playful and explained things in a way that (hopefully) kids will understand. I adore how they used baking as a way to explain love and dating! I mean who would have thought of that?! Like I know people say you cook/bake WITH love. But I don't recall anyone has ever compared dating/love to baking/cooking. ANYWAYS the illustrations are absolutely adorable too!!! It was so fun and colorful, despite the slightly sad undertone there is in the book (hello, it's the first gay marriage in the US it wasn't gonna be easy for them, and they were of course told no). I really hope that there is a family out there who reads this to their child and the child asks "but why couldn't they get married, they love each other." I need to know that a set of parental units have raised their children to see this book as love is love and not two men trying to get married. Either way I loved this book and you should love it too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeimy

    After being denied a marriage license, Jack and Michael come up with a plan so that they could legally wed. Their home state did not want to make a big deal out it, so they were allowed to remain legally married. I did not know their story and it both made me smile and made me sad. How many other couples could have led happily married life if they had come up with a plan similar to Jack and Michael's? After being denied a marriage license, Jack and Michael come up with a plan so that they could legally wed. Their home state did not want to make a big deal out it, so they were allowed to remain legally married. I did not know their story and it both made me smile and made me sad. How many other couples could have led happily married life if they had come up with a plan similar to Jack and Michael's?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dai Guerra

    This one is getting a different review than I usually write as it is a picture book. This one is a great story for both children and adults, I think this is best suited for children ages 5+. I think its a great way to introduce this topic to children and teach them about the first gay wedding and begin the discussion on gay marriage. The story in this book is easy to read and follow along. I love how this book connected gay marriage to baking a bake. I liked how as they tell you the story of baki This one is getting a different review than I usually write as it is a picture book. This one is a great story for both children and adults, I think this is best suited for children ages 5+. I think its a great way to introduce this topic to children and teach them about the first gay wedding and begin the discussion on gay marriage. The story in this book is easy to read and follow along. I love how this book connected gay marriage to baking a bake. I liked how as they tell you the story of baking their cake, they also tell you the story of how the cake owners got married. I like each of the images that accompany the pages of this book as they are fun to look at. I also really liked that the story is being told by the wedding cake toppers, which made it have a fun twist. Due to the story being told by the wedding toppers we actually get four characters to our story, the two guys who are getting married, and the two narrators. I liked how these characters are introduced to us and how the narrator describes the guys who are getting married. I thought it was cute to see how wedding cake toppers thought of a wedding and what they thought about how hard it was for these two men to get married in the first place.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krithi

    **ARC provided by Hear Our Voices tours** This book is creative, as it is told through the perspectives of Jake Baker, Michael McConnell, and the wedding toppers. The plot line focuses on how Jake and Michael met, and uses baking a cake as a way to tell this love story! I thought it was a really interesting addition to include some of the law and acts of the time period as well, to give the historical context. In my opinion, the book is definetly suited for elementary age children. My only hope i **ARC provided by Hear Our Voices tours** This book is creative, as it is told through the perspectives of Jake Baker, Michael McConnell, and the wedding toppers. The plot line focuses on how Jake and Michael met, and uses baking a cake as a way to tell this love story! I thought it was a really interesting addition to include some of the law and acts of the time period as well, to give the historical context. In my opinion, the book is definetly suited for elementary age children. My only hope is this book reaches the hands of many elementary aged children and it makes them as happy as this book made me! As someone who has studied queer history and is passionate about it, I always used to get saddened when people would tell me that gay marriage is a taboo topic or that we shouldn’t introduce it to kids. This book completely changes that and offers children a chance to learn about queer history, something my childhood self would have absolutely loved to learn.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Haia

    Two Grooms on a Cake By Rob Sanders, Illustrated by Robbie Cathro Reading this book feels like eating a slice of my favorite cake baked by someone I love. The concept is both powerful and adorable. The drawings are colorful and perfectly integrate the metaphor of the cake and the actual love story. The writing is deceptively simple, so the historic story is framed in such a way that children this book can understand it and be swept along with the lyrical lines as well as the beautiful illustration Two Grooms on a Cake By Rob Sanders, Illustrated by Robbie Cathro Reading this book feels like eating a slice of my favorite cake baked by someone I love. The concept is both powerful and adorable. The drawings are colorful and perfectly integrate the metaphor of the cake and the actual love story. The writing is deceptively simple, so the historic story is framed in such a way that children this book can understand it and be swept along with the lyrical lines as well as the beautiful illustrations. This is exactly the type of children’s book we need, exactly the type of book I want to fill my shelves with when I have children. 🐰🐰🐰🐰🐰

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Two Grooms on a Cake- The Story of America's First Gay Wedding is written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Robbie Cathro. It is a children's book that tells the love story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell. It tells their story and how they became the first gay couple to get married. It tells their live story and the fight for marriage equality in the United States, by comparing it to baking a cake. I am so greatful that children's book exist that represent different types of families. I can't Two Grooms on a Cake- The Story of America's First Gay Wedding is written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Robbie Cathro. It is a children's book that tells the love story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell. It tells their story and how they became the first gay couple to get married. It tells their live story and the fight for marriage equality in the United States, by comparing it to baking a cake. I am so greatful that children's book exist that represent different types of families. I can't wait to share this book with younger kids. This book shares a beautiful message and celebrates love.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Burkey

    This story follows two men and their journey to get married while two male wedding cake toppers tell the story of how their cake was made. There are two pages in the back that follow the timeline of same-sex and LGBTQ+ rights, and a following two that show actual pictures of the couple's lives together including their marriage certificate. This story follows two men and their journey to get married while two male wedding cake toppers tell the story of how their cake was made. There are two pages in the back that follow the timeline of same-sex and LGBTQ+ rights, and a following two that show actual pictures of the couple's lives together including their marriage certificate.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Addie Healy

    The perfect book to introduce children to the history of the LGBTQ+ movement, particularly in regard to legalizing same sex marriage. I liked how the narrative was structured around the creation of a wedding cake while sprinkling in the true story of the first two men to get legally married. The timeline and factual information in the back is also a great resource.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aliza Werner

    Told from the perspective of two groom cake toppers about the first same-sex marriage in the US. I loved hearing the story of Jack and Michael, how their love story unfolded. The cake making metaphor was a bit heavy handed for me, as the men’s story was strong enough on its own. Vintage colors recall the early 70s.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Elera

    While the comparison of relationships and cake is clever, it does feel a touch disconnected from the rest of the story, which is the really interesting part of the book. Still glad it exists. And the art is nice.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Fultz

    Great info to have, but the telling is odd. Some pages are in the voices of the grooms. Some are from a narrator. The timeline in the back and the photos of these men, now married for 50 years, are the best parts.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti Call

    Brilliant and fresh approach to a narrative nonfiction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    It’s a sweet story on that contains the ingredients on how to bake a cake and wedding instructions. I really enjoyed the story

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Very sweet, cute, and an important story. I felt, though, that the narrative form, with the extended metaphor, would probably go over the heads of child readers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Effie

    I loved learning about this story! It's filled with great details even though it's narrated by two groom wedding cake toppers! :-) I loved learning about this story! It's filled with great details even though it's narrated by two groom wedding cake toppers! :-)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jarrod

    A love story with playful and beautiful illustrations. This is an important book for all ages to help all of us understand the world around us.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carly Andersen

    Very cute and presented me with new information. I do feel like it could have been more detailed and kept the same age demographic, but it’s a great start!

  20. 5 out of 5

    C0FEGRL

    Fabulous story of love, marriage, and a wedding cake!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    This was very cute and very informative. The back of the book had a timeline of marriage equality as well as real life photos of the couple, which made it that much better.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    Content Warnings: story takes place when gay marriage was illegal. Representation: gay mcs. TWO GROOMS ON A CAKE is a short half-novel, half-graphic novel about the true story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, the first same-sex couple in America to be legally married on September 3, 1971. The illustrations and writing detail the couple's struggle to get a marriage licence and how they managed to work around the system to become legally married. The book was so cute and informative! It was a r Content Warnings: story takes place when gay marriage was illegal. Representation: gay mcs. TWO GROOMS ON A CAKE is a short half-novel, half-graphic novel about the true story of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, the first same-sex couple in America to be legally married on September 3, 1971. The illustrations and writing detail the couple's struggle to get a marriage licence and how they managed to work around the system to become legally married. The book was so cute and informative! It was a really short read, but the illustrations, the writing, and the baking/cake imagery really brought the whole story together in a marvellous way! I really enjoyed reading about Jack and Michael's story. An easy 4 stars!

  23. 5 out of 5

    BrittainX

    This is so cute. A short picture book about the first legal gay marriage in the US- and it wasn't in California. These sneaky gays found a loophole in their state's law- hay marriage was never explicitly banned. Married in 1971 and are still together today! This is so cute. A short picture book about the first legal gay marriage in the US- and it wasn't in California. These sneaky gays found a loophole in their state's law- hay marriage was never explicitly banned. Married in 1971 and are still together today!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    Told from the perspectives of two male wedding cake toppers, Rob Sanders shares the story of the first same-sex wedding in America. It's how Jack Baker and Michael McConnell met, fell in love, and fought to be legally married. It's how their not so typical love story became an important part of LGBTQ history. ​Includes photos and a Marriage Equality Timeline. Told from the perspectives of two male wedding cake toppers, Rob Sanders shares the story of the first same-sex wedding in America. It's how Jack Baker and Michael McConnell met, fell in love, and fought to be legally married. It's how their not so typical love story became an important part of LGBTQ history. ​Includes photos and a Marriage Equality Timeline.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa V

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fictional Fiend

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caralen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becca Rutkowski

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah

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