GLAD Civil Rights Project Director Mary Bonauto and Legal Director Gary Buseck have joined colleagues at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Utah attorney Peggy Tomsic as counsel in their historic federal case representing same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in Utah.

Thanks to the Kitchen v. Herbert legal team’s adept strategy and tireless advocacy, the Utah case was the first federal district court victory striking down a state marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA. It was also the first victory in a federal court of appeals.

And, it is now the first post-DOMA freedom to marry case that the U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review.

“We are thrilled to work with our friends and colleagues at NCLR on this important case,” says Buseck. “GLAD has a long history of collaborating with NCLR, and we have enormous respect for their legal acumen and determination.”

Among countless other legal victories on behalf of the LGBT community, NCLR played a leading role in making California the second state in the country to win the freedom to marry, in 2008. Legal Director Shannon Minter argued the case in the California Supreme Court, which ruled that the California Constitution guarantees equal dignity to same-sex couples and their families, including the freedom to marry.

“We are also thrilled to be working shoulder to shoulder with lead counsel Peggy Tomsic of the Salt Lake City law firm of Magleby & Greenwood, P.C. who first filed and has so strategically handled this case,” Buseck adds.” Likewise, we are excited about working with the committed Supreme Court experts at the D.C. firm of Hogan Lovells.”

“The Kitchen team offers unparalleled experience and knowledge as the case heads to the Supreme Court for consideration. We hope to use what we’ve learned in our work for the freedom to marry across New England, and as part of the decades-long team effort to develop a national marriage strategy, to bring value to the Utah case and help bring marriage equality to every American.”




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