The following is adapted from remarks by Roberta Kaplan at the LeGal dinner event on March 24.

What I’d like to focus on in memory of my beloved mentor Judith S. Kaye is her personal commitment to the equal dignity of all persons under the law, including LGBT people. I feel qualified to do so because I was lucky enough to serve as Kaye’s law clerk at a time when she was called upon to decide what may well be her most significant gay rights opinion in a case that would fundamentally alter the lives of gay people and their families—including, ultimately, my own. Gloria Steinem and other feminists of her generation used to say that “the personal is political.” It is hard to imagine a better example of that adage’s truth than the story I am about to tell. It is a story that was known only to a few people until I told it in my book last October, something I only did, I want to add, with Kaye’s explicit permission to do so.

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