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Maine Equality Backers Tout Role of Portland's Mary Bonauto

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Advocates for marriage equality in Maine are celebrating the role played by Portland resident Mary Bonauto, the attorney who represented same-sex couples in the case.

Bonauto is the civil rights project director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, which argued the case before the Supreme Court.

Equality Maine executive director Elisa Johansen says the group is honored by Bonauto's role. She called Bonauto "an incredible champion'' for civil rights.

Equality Maine is holding a rally about the ruling in Bangor at 12:15 p.m. on Friday. Celebrations are also planned in Portland and Ogunquit later on Friday.

Bonauto says the ruling "brings joy and relief to millions of Americans.'' She has been working with GLAD since 1990.

Maine voters legalized same sex marriage in a November 2012 vote.