As of today – June 30, 2014 – Project 515 has officially ceased to operate. For real, for serious. It’s officially official.
One element of our legacy program was to produce a final report detailing the history of the organization. Feel free to download, read, and share widely (and check out page 6…).
Project 515 Final Report
I’m proud of the work we’ve done to achieve our mission to secure equal rights and considerations for same-sex couples and their families under Minnesota law.
I’m proud of what I’ve been able to contribute to this organization. I’m grateful for all the people of Project 515 who came before me. I’m grateful for all the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, and experiences I’ve had through this organization.
I recognize that we did not achieve marriage equality by ourselves. A whole lot of individuals and other organizations contributed. Each of those people and communities contributed as they were able, leveraging their unique strengths and resources.
And I recognize that there is a whole lot more work to do. The rights and responsibilities of marriage are both vast and also very limited. A whole lot of LGBTQ people, married or not, have other needs. A whole lot of marginalized people, LGBTQ or not, have other needs.
So let’s get back to work.
Marriage equality changes Pride Festival’s tone
Including an interview with John Larsen, one of Project 515‘s founders.
Project 515 ends after same-sex marriage battle won
An interview with Lee Anderson, one of Project 515‘s founders, on the closing of the organization.
“It comes out in the most mundane ways, things like dealing with our mortgage or credit card accounts or health insurance,” Mauter said. “It became real in a way that we really didn’t expect.”
— Declaring same-sex marriage battle won, Project 515 ends