The MacArthur Foundation announced that Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, sometimes referred to as a “genius grant.” Bonauto is one of the architects of marriage equality in this country. She successfully argued & won the Goodridge v. Department of Public Health case in 2003. The Fellowships are awarded annually to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality & dedication in their creative pursuits & a marked capacity for self-direction.” Bonauto stated, “This award is a testament to the justice-seeking work of innumerable people all across the nation. I deeply appreciate the Foundation’s vote of confidence in our movement’s work as we strive to remove barriers to LGBT people’s full participation in society. So many have given so much to bring us to this point – whether our courageous plaintiffs or people whose names history may never know & every bit of it has mattered. This honor is an investment in a better future for all.” Gary Buseck, GLAD’s Interim Executive Director & Longtime Legal Director added, “We are thrilled for Mary & for the LGBT movement. Mary is without a doubt one of the most visionary & hardworking people in our movement & at the same time one of the most genuinely modest. Not only is this award well-deserved recognition for Mary, but it’s an opportunity for us to highlight the movement for LGBT equality & all that remains to be done.” Congrats Mary!!
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