August 18, 2019
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Here’s how Maine attorney Mary Bonauto won the same-sex marriage case

Here’s the audio from the April 28 oral arguments from the same-sex marriage case on which the Supreme Court just ruled.

Maine lawyer Mary Bonauto, of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, can be heard in the first 28 minutes or so. The court today ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

“The intimate and committed relationships of same-­sex couples, just like those of heterosexual couples, provide mutual support and are the foundation of family life in our society,” she said. [Here’s a PDF of the transcript.]

“If a legal commitment, responsibility and protection that is marriage is off-limits to gay people as a class, the stain of unworthiness that follows on individuals and families contravenes the basic constitutional commitment to equal dignity.”

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