Legendary civil rights attorney (and Portland resident) Mary Bonauto comes to Bangor for a talk on new fronts in LGBTQ rights, three years after her successful 2015 argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v Hodges, which established the right of all same sex couples to legally marry nationwide.
There will be ample time for discussion following Ms Bonauto’s remarks.
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Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
An attorney at GLAD since 1990, Bonauto successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 in Obergefell v. Hodges, which established the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide. As lead counsel in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health (2003), Bonauto also argued the case that made Massachusetts the first state where same-sex couples could marry legally. She was also co-counsel in Kerrigan v. Connecticut DPH, which secured the freedom to marry in a second state in 2008, an executive committee member on both Maine marriage ballot campaigns, which in 2012 resulted in Maine becoming the first state to win marriage by popular vote. Prior to Goodridge, Bonauto was co- counsel in 1999’s Baker v. Vermont, leading to the nation’s first civil union law. Bonauto led GLAD’s Gill and Pedersen federal challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), securing the first District and Appeals Court victories, and she coordinated extensive amici filings for Windsor at the Supreme Court. She continues to advance legal rights for LGBT families, including in the groundbreaking Partanen v. Gallagher (MA, 2016) which created a path for ensuring children are not deprived of a legal relationship to their parents when those parents are not married or used assisted reproduction. Bonauto currently serves as co-counsel inDoe v. Trump (DC) and Stockman v. Trump (CA) challenging President Trump’s transgender military ban. She represents youth incarcerated at Maine’s Long Creek juvenile prison and, with coalition partners, is working for alternatives to incarceration. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law, is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights at Harvard Law, an advisory board member for the American Constitution Society and a member of the Gill Foundation Board.