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M. Sue Wilson

30 years ago, M. Sue Wilson and 'National Free Sharon Kowalski Day' helped spark the gay marriage movement in Minnesota

On Aug. 7, 1988, activists and advocates championed the rights of Kowalski, a high school teacher and coach who'd suffered a debilitating brain injury but was denied basic spousal rights along with her longtime partner, Karen Thompson.