At the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s recent Annual Meeting, Attorney Mary L. Bonauto of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), was honored with the Great Friend of Justice Award. Over 100 MBF Fellows, grantees and friends attended the event, held on March 15, at the Social Law Library in the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.
The MBF’s Great Friend of Justice Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to justice, consistent with the MBF’s values and mission of increasing access to justice in the state.
The Civil Rights Project Director at GLAD since 1990, Attorney Mary Bonauto is nationally known for her tireless advocacy to eradicate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Attorney Bonauto is best known for two precedent-setting cases. In 2004, she was lead counsel in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which ultimately made Massachusetts the first state where same-sex couples could legally marry. More recently, in 2015 she successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide in one of the most important civil rights cases in modern history.
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