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Equality Florida To Honor Bonauto

By Charlotte Robinson, November 12, 2015
Attorney Mary Bonauto, the architect of gay & lesbian marriage in this country & who successfully argued for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, will be honored in Sarasota later this month with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Equality Florida at its annual Suncoast Celebration. The event will take place Saturday Nov. 21st from 5P to 7:30P under the stars on the roof of the Palm Avenue Parking Garage at 1289 N Palm Avenue in Sarasota, Florida. Michael Donald Edwards the producing artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre will also be honored with the Voice for Equality Award. Ken Shelin, Co-chair of Equality Florida’s state board of directors stated, “Our honorees represent the best kind of leadership within the LGBT community. Mary Bonauto has successfully advocated for LGBT families & individuals for more than 25 years. Her legal victories have brought dignity & security to countless Americans. On the cultural side Michael Donald Edwards has helped us understand the humanity of all people, including LGBT people. Our strength & determination could not have happened without people like him.” Bonauto’s first marriage equality case was argued in Vermont in the late 1990s which resulted in granting civil unions in 2000. Then in Massachusetts, Bonauto led the GLAD legal team breaking down the separate-but-equal idea that convinced that state’s Supreme Court in 2003 to declare that gay & lesbian couples could not be denied the legal benefits of marriage. Gay & lesbian marriages began on May 17th 2004 & three years later, the Massachusetts Legislature refused to allow any challenge to the ruling. For Info & Tix: eqfl.org
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1 comment:

Marilyn Rosen said...

Mary Bonauto----brilliant, humble and accomplished more to move the country toward life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all ...Lifetime Achievement well deserved.

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