PORTLAND (WGME) -- As the Supreme Court of the United States debates on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, many in the LGBT community say they wouldn't have gotten this far without a Maine lawyer.
Mary Bonauto lives in Portland, but she wasn't in town Tuesday. Instead, she was in Washington D.C. sitting in the Supreme Court listening to arguments for and against DOMA.
The Supreme Court will decide whether DOMA, which defines marriage between a man and a woman, is constitutional. If they strike it down, married same-sex couples would be entitled to federal marriage benefits.
The New York Times profiled Bonauto, and in the artcle, the lawyer who argued in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday told the paper, "No gay person in this country would be married without Mary Bonauto."
In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon with News 13, Bonauto gave a humble response to the article.
"I know over my many years it's taken so many people to get to this point, to actually secure the freedom to marry in the states where we've secured it. So I appreciate the nod, but I am just aware of how so many people have contributed to making all of this possible," Bonauto said.
As for the Supreme Court case, while they heard arguments today, Bonauto says don't expect a decision until June.