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Two Grooms on a Cake

Two Grooms on a Cake: The Story of America’s First Gay Wedding

By Rob Sanders

Illustrated by Robbie Cathro

Little Bee Books

Release Date: May 4, 2021

ISBN-10: 1499809565

ISBN-13: 978-1499809565

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Awards & Recognitions:

  • Illinois Public Library’s 2021 List of Great Books for Kids

  • Mombian’s 60 of the Best LGBTQ-Inclusive Children’s Books and Music Albums of 2021

  • NYPL’s List of Best Books for Kids 2021

  • ALA 2022 Rainbow Book List


​ “Sanders tells the tale in easy-to-understand language, sweet as the frosting on the cake, and leaves the bulk of the details for the comprehensive backmatter: author’s note, marriage equality timeline, photographs of Jack and Michael as young and older men, and a well-rounded bibliography. Cathro’s whimsical, retro-feeling illustrations on cream-colored paper show the cake toppers assisting in the creation of the cake as their human counterparts work for the right to marry . . . As beautiful as it is informative about this little-known battle in the fight for equality.” 

—Kirkus, Starred Review


"Their heartwarming story—accessible to young readers—demonstrates that the essential ingredient in a cake and a marriage is love. Cathro's affectionate illustrations-with vintage 1970s' colors and vibes-not only expand the text but also capture its sweet spirit exactly."



“A whimsical examination of a little-taught entry in queer history.”

—Publishers Weekly 

"This creative presentation of a little-known historic event introduces young readers to the topic of marriage equality. A good choice to foster diversity and inclusion." 

—School Library Journal


Jack Baker, Michael McConnell,

and Rob Sanders on the

Today Show, June 9, 2021.



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!

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be contributed to GLAAD.

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Michael and Jack at Two Grooms book launch

Rob Sanders reading Two Grooms on a Cake

*Thank you to the Writing Barn for sharing these videos from the virtual book launch!

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