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Shannon Minter, attorney in Miami-Dade same-sex marriage case, gets presidential appointment

In 2014: Same-sex partners Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz, Melanie and Vanessa Alenier, Pamela Faerber and Summer Greene, Catherine Pareto and Karla Arguello, attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Todd and Jeff Delmay, and NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter after a news conference announcing that the couples and Equality Florida Institute sued in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for the freedom to marry.
In 2014: Same-sex partners Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz, Melanie and Vanessa Alenier, Pamela Faerber and Summer Greene, Catherine Pareto and Karla Arguello, attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Todd and Jeff Delmay, and NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter after a news conference announcing that the couples and Equality Florida Institute sued in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for the freedom to marry. Miami Herald File

Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, on Monday was appointed to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Minter was one of the lead attorneys for six gay and lesbian couples and Equality Florida Institute in the 2014 lawsuit that helped lead to same-sex marriage in Florida. The couples who successfully sued Miami-Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses: Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello; Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and David Price; Vanessa and Melanie Alenier; Todd and Jeff Delmay; Summer Greene and Pamela Faerber; and Don Price Johnston and Jorge Isaias Diaz.

“We wanted folks who could just be representative of the community and who were in different life situations,” Minter, a transgender man, told the Miami Herald in January 2014. “One of our couples is dealing with aging issues. We wanted to show couples raising children. One of our couples has grandchildren. They work in all different fields. They’re culturally diverse.”

From the White House on Monday:

President Obama announced his appointment of the following individual to a key Administration post:

Shannon Price Minter, Appointee for Member, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

Shannon Price Minter is Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a position he has held since 2000. He has served at NCLR since 1993, first as a National Association of Public Interest Law Fellow and then Senior Staff Attorney. Mr. Minter has lectured and served as an adjunct professor at various universities, including Santa Clara Law School in 2004, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2003, and Stanford Law School in 2001. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute and the Board of Directors of Gender Spectrum. Mr. Minter is a former member of the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the Board of Directors of Equality California, and the Advisory Board of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. He received Stanford Law School’s National Public Service Award in 2008, the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award in 2005, and the Equality California Justice Award in 2005. Mr. Minter received a B.A. from University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

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