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December 18, 1991 | From Associated Press
A state appeals court on Tuesday granted guardianship of a brain-damaged woman to her lesbian lover, whose petition had been denied by a lower court even after she built a wheelchair-accessible house and offered at-home care. "There aren't words to express the hell the system has put us through," Karen Thompson said after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that she was the most qualified person to act as Sharon Kowalski's guardian.
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December 18, 1991 | From Associated Press
A state appeals court on Tuesday granted guardianship of a brain-damaged woman to her lesbian lover, whose petition had been denied by a lower court even after she built a wheelchair-accessible house and offered at-home care. "There aren't words to express the hell the system has put us through," Karen Thompson said after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that she was the most qualified person to act as Sharon Kowalski's guardian.
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August 5, 1988 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
Sharon Kowalski, a 31-year-old woman who loved to golf, fish, ski, play basketball and ride motorcycles, now lies in a Minnesota nursing home, a profoundly brain-damaged paraplegic barely able to speak or move. But around her rages a vicious, four-year court battle over her custody between her father and a woman who says she is her lover.
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August 5, 1988 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
Sharon Kowalski, a 31-year-old woman who loved to golf, fish, ski, play basketball and ride motorcycles, now lies in a Minnesota nursing home, a profoundly brain-damaged paraplegic barely able to speak or move. But around her rages a vicious, four-year court battle over her custody between her father and a woman who says she is her lover.
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July 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The National Organization for Women on Sunday gave its first Women of Courage award to a lesbian couple from Minnesota. Karen Thompson had to battle Sharon Kowalski's parents over guardianship after Kowalski was severely disabled in a 1983 automobile accident because the two women had no legal right to remain together. "I could never have walked out on her," Thompson said as she accepted the award, Kowalski by her side in a wheelchair.
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April 26, 1991 | From Associated Press
A legal guardianship battle between the parents of a brain-damaged woman and her lesbian lover has concluded with neither side being chosen. St. Louis County District Judge Robert Campbell on Wednesday appointed a longtime friend of Sharon Kowalski to be her legal guardian while she stays in a nursing home. He rejected Karen Thompson's plea to manage the affairs of and live with her lover.
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