In June of 2008, three same-gender couples, having endured official discrimination
against their families throughout the duration of their relationships, decided to stop
waiting for someone else to do something about it. The couples sought legal counsel
and made plans to sue the State of Minnesota for the right to marry. Marry Me
Minnesota was formed to organize the effort.
Marry Me Minnesota is an all-volunteer, registered non-profit Minnesota corporation
with three officers:
- Executive Director, Douglas Benson, brought to legislators, the first marriage
equality bill to be introduced in both houses of the Minnesota Legislature in the
state's history. The Marriage and Family Protection Act was introduced in the
2008 and 2009 sessions of the Minnesota Legislature. He served on the
Robbinsdale Human Rights Commission for seven years by appointment of
Mayor Mike Holtz.
- Secretary, Duane Gajewski, is an actuary, a founder of the Northland Gay
Men's Center of Duluth and former treasurer of the Vermont Center for
Lesbian and Gay Rights.
- Treasurer, Thomas Trisko, a financial consultant, was the treasurer of
Minnesota's largest GLBT philanthropic organization, Philanthrofund, for seven
years and is currently the treasurer for The Wells Foundation. Tom also
serves on the Hennepin County Capital Budgeting Task Force by appointment
of Hennepin County Commissioner, Gail Dorfman.