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Johns Hopkins Univ. to honor DOMA plaintiff, attorney with honorary degrees

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Plaintiff Edith Windsor (right) and her attorney Roberta Kaplan leave the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act.Carolyn Kaster, AP

Plaintiff Edith Windsor (right) and her attorney Roberta Kaplan leave the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act.

BALTIMORE — Two women involved in a case challenging the federal government’s recognition of same-sex marriages that went to the Supreme Court are among the people receiving honorary degrees from Johns Hopkins University at commencement next month.

The school is honoring Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit led the Supreme Court last year to strike down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevented legally married gay and lesbian couples from receiving a range of tax, health, pension and other federal benefits.

The school is also honoring Windsor’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan.

The university will also honor Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine, Maryland Institute College of Art president Fred Lazarus and Pamela Flaherty, the former chair of the Johns Hopkins board of trustees.

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