Our Legal Team
Mary L. Bonauto
Civil Rights Project Director
Mary L. Bonauto has served as the Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders since 1990. She has litigated in the state and federal courts of New England on discrimination issues, parental rights, free speech and religious liberty, and relationship recognition. In 2015 she successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.
Mary and two Vermont co-counsel won a 1999 ruling in Baker v. State of Vermont which led to the nation’s first civil union law. She was lead counsel in the groundbreaking case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which made Massachusetts the first state where same-sex couples could legally marry in 2004. She was also co-counsel in Kerrigan v. Department of Public Health, in which the Connecticut Supreme Court also ruled for marriage; advocated in state legislatures for marriage; and served on the Executive Committee of the 2009 and 2012 Maine ballot campaigns.
Mary led GLAD's federal court challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in Gill v. OPM and Pedersen v. OPM, leading to the first federal court rulings against DOMA, and then coordinated amici briefs for the Windsor case at the Supreme Court. As a member of the legal team in the Michigan marriage case DeBoer v. Snyder, she became the Supreme Court oralist on behalf of the plaintiffs in Obergefell.
Mary’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. She is the Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, serves on an advisory board for the American Constitution Society and has also served as co-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities.
Mary graduated from Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law.
Boston Globe, September 2014: Mary Bonauto's MacArthur Grant - Social Change Takes Genius
New York Times March 2013: In Fight for Marriage Rights, ‘She’s Our Thurgood Marshall’
Buzzfeed, November 2013: How One Lawyer Turned the Idea of Marriage Equality into Reality
Mary Bonauto featured in The Advocate, December 2004
The Boston Globe Magazine's People of the Year, December 2004
Youth Initiative Director
Vickie Henry leads GLAD's Youth Initiative. Vickie joined the legal team as a Senior Staff Attorney in January 2011, after a twenty year history supporting GLAD as a volunteer and co-counsel. She is a skilled litigator who came to GLAD from the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where she worked for 15 years, becoming a partner in 2002. Vickie focused her career on intellectual property and commercial litigation disputes.
Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Vickie served as law clerk to the Honorable Denise R. Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. She is admitted to the bar in California and Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal, First, and Ninth Circuits, as well as U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and Northern and Central California. From 2006-2008 she served on the MassEquality Board of Directors, and from 2003-2005 was co-chair of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. She earned her BA from Wellesley College, and her JD from Boston University School of Law.
Henry is the recipient of many honors and awards. From 2009-11, she was Chair of the 1,500- member Commercial Litigation Committee of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the international organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. She was named one of MA Lawyers Weekly's Top Women of Law in 2012. She received the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association Pioneering Spirit Award in 2008. She received DRI's Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2011. She has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2004, and was one of five named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as “Up and Coming Lawyers” in 2002.