Civil Rights Lawyer Mary Bonauto H’14 Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, from Portland, Maine, has been a force of nature in the fight to help states pass same-sex marriage laws and overturn bans.

Mary Bonauto H'14

Mary Bonauto H’14

Honored many times for her work with GLAD (the Boston-based firm Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders), Bonauto has been named to the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows, a national award funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which comes with a $625,000 monetary award.

“We would not be where we are in Maine or this country without Mary,” said Betsy Smith, former director of EqualityMaine, in the Portland Press Herald.

Bowdoin recognized Bonauto for her contributions with an honorary degree in May 2014.

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