- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine civil rights lawyer who’s won a $625,000 MacArthur grant says she didn’t even know she’d been nominated.

Mary Bonauto of Portland is well known for her work with the Boston-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, where she was involved with every major state and federal legal battle over same-sex marriage.

Now she’s a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.

The MacArthur Foundation has been awarding the grants, often called “genius grants,” since 1981, recognizing “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future.” The grants are paid out over five years.

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