"You showed courage and conviction when you agreed to take on the Defense of Marriage Act. When arguing before the Supreme Court, you said that no one has identified any legitimate difference between gay couples and straight married couples that can possibly explain the sweeping, undifferentiated and categorical discrimination of DOMA. At that time only nine states permitted gay marriage, gay couples to marry. A year later, 17 states do. Roberta Kaplan, for being a bold champion of the right of people who love each other to marry and to enjoy the full legal benefit of that union, for standing strongly in the face of monumental challenges and for continuing to fight for human rights for all, the Johns Hopkins University is proud to confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa."