“I never expected to argue in front of the Supreme Court. After graduating from law school in 1987, I joined a small practice here in Maine and became one of only three openly LGBTQ+ attorneys in the state.
“I was fighting for marriage equality state by state across New England, and it was an honor to be part of the teams in 2009 and 2012 that brought the right to marry to Maine. After the Supreme Court invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, cases were popping up in federal courts all over the country. I joined the team of lawyers challenging Michigan’s marriage ban — one of the four cases that culminated in the Supreme Court’s review of Obergefell v. Hodges. Less than a month before the oral arguments, I was asked to argue for the equal right to marry before the Court.
“On June 26, 2015, we won. There were so many people who contributed to that victory – it took all of us, nationwide, to make marriage equality a reality. After the decision, it was incredible to see marriage licenses issued in states we thought we would have to fight in for years to come.
“But our work in the fight for equality is far from over. And over the past few years, we’ve seen again and again that Senator Collins is no longer standing up for us. Maine people need a new senator.
“I support Sara because I know she will be a champion for us, not someone who sits on the sidelines. I know she will be there to ensure that the entire LGBTQ+ community is protected from discrimination. Here in Maine, she has supported us on every issue, large and small. Whether it was ensuring health care protections for all Mainers or banning conversion therapy, Sara has always stood up for us.
“I know that Sara is the person who can make a real difference in Washington. There’s so much more work to do, and I know we can count on Sara to get it done.”
– Mary Bonauto, Portland, ME