Civil Rights Attorney Mary Bonauto ’83, H’05 Named MacArthur Foundation Fellow - Bonauto was instrumental in winning approval for same-sex marriages in the landmark case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health in Massachusetts.
commas between two independent clauses
Use a comma to separate two independent clauses linked by conjunctions such as and, but, or, so or yet: "She smiled as she accepted her diploma, but a tear slid down her cheek when she turned to face her classmates." "She smiled as she accepted her diploma but started to cry when she turned to face her classmates."
SOURCE: Hamilton College Editorial Style Guide