John M. Becker

Attorneys Chosen for Supreme Court Marriage Arguments

Filed By John M. Becker | March 31, 2015 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, Mary Bonauto, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

mary-bonauto-headshot.jpgThe legal groups behind the Sixth Circuit marriage cases have selected the attorneys who will argue them before the United States Supreme Court next month.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced the news this morning in a press release:

Mary L. Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project Director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, 2015, behalf of same-sex couples who are currently being excluded from marriage. She will stand on behalf of the Michigan case DeBoer v. Snyder and the Kentucky case Love v. Beshear...

Also on April 28, attorney Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, on behalf of petitioners from Ohio and Tennessee, will present arguments for the question: "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?"

It is entirely fitting that Mary Bonauto -- the legendary LGBT legal icon who's widely regarded as the mother of the marriage equality movement -- has been chosen to be one of the lawyers who will (hopefully) carry the freedom-to-marry banner over the finish line before the nation's highest court. For her part, Bonauto says she's honored to have been selected:

"I'm humbled to be standing up for the petitioners from Kentucky and Michigan who seek the freedom to marry, along with attorneys Carole Stanyar, Dana Nessel, Ken Mogill, and Robert Sedler, and with support from the other legal teams in OH and TN. The road that we've all travelled to get here has been built by so many people who believe that marriage is a fundamental right. Same-sex couples should not be excluded from the joy, the security, and the full citizenship signified by that institution. I believe the Court will give us a fair hearing, and I look forward to the day when all LGBT Americans will be able to marry the person they love."

Bonauto and Hallward-Driemeier will argue the marriage cases before the Court on April 28.

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