An early supporter of LGBT rights has died.
Richard Mack, who owned the bar called "The Den" and sued the state of NJ in a landmark 1967 gay rights case, has died. He and his father owned the bar at the time, and the state's ABC organization (which said that the congregation of homosexuals in "inordinate numbers" was against "public morals") tried to pull his liquor license. The Macks, along with the owners of Val's in Atlantic City and Murphy's Tavern in Newark, decided to fight. They won a landmark decision in the NJ State Supreme Court that gave homosexuals the right to gather in bars in New Jersey.