Richard Adams dies
In 1975 Adams and Tony Sullivan received a marriage license from a county clerk in Boulder, Colo., along with five other same-sex couples. Yahoo Reported
They then applied for permanent residency for Sullivan, an Australian.
The men received an official letter from U.S. immigration that not only rejected their marriage and petition but used an anti-gay slur.
Adams' attempt to overturn that decision was the first federal lawsuit seeking gay marriage recognition, according to the Advocate magazine and the Los Angeles Times, the first media outlets to report his death.