MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

The Supreme Court's decision to take up a gay marriage case may be the first step to vindication for two men who tried to get married in Minnesota in 1970.

Jack Baker and Michael McConnell walked into a Minneapolis courthouse on May 18, 1970, in a futile attempt to get a marriage license. Their lawsuit led to a legal precedent often cited by federal courts to reject or avoid taking up gay marriage cases.

The men still live in Minneapolis, and Baker told The Associated Press by email that it was inevitable the Supreme Court would take up the issue one day.

That day came Friday, when the justices agreed to hear two cases that challenge official discrimination against gay Americans.