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LGBTQ icon Jim Obergefell wins Ohio primary


Jim Obergefell Photo: Campaign website While all eyes were on Tuesday’s primary races in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington, LGBTQ trailblazer Jim Obergefell won the Democratic nomination in Ohio’s state House District 89 in a special election.

Obergefell is the named plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges , the landmark 2015 Supreme Court case establishing the constitutional right to same-sex marriage in the U.S. Obergefell ran unopposed and will now face incumbent Republican D.J. Swearingen in November.

In the wake of Justice Clarence Thomas’s call to revisit the court’s marriage equality decision, LGBTQ Victory Fund president and CEO Mayor Annise Parker called Obergefell’s win “a rallying cry to the LGBTQ community and our allies that we won’t stop organizing, we won’t stop running for office and we won’t back down.” “This is a critical election for the LGBTQ community. When I win this election, I will work hard to improve the lives of the people in my district and across Ohio by increasing jobs and opportunities, improving access to affordable healthcare and protecting our environment,” Obergefell said in a statement. “With so much at stake for our nation, I will also be a voice and advocate for all Ohioans and especially […]

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