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Marriage equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell is still fighting for LGBTQ rights


Jim Obergefell believes activists are made in the moment.

For him, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized marriage equality, that moment came while his late husband, John Arthur, was suffering from ALS.

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In the couple’s home state of Ohio, same-sex marriage wasn’t legal, and they learned that when Arthur died, Obergefell would not be listed as the surviving spouse on his death certificate.

“It was in that moment that we had the opportunity to fight for what we believe in or just walk away,” Obergefell told LGBTQ Nation.

Of course, Obergefell chose to fight, and in doing so, he changed the course of history, as well as the lives of innumerable LGBTQ couples. June 26, 2015 was a historic day in @BarackObama ’s Presidency. Relive the day through the eyes of those who witnessed it firsthand—Jim Obergefell, Valerie Jarrett, and President Obama himself. — The Obama Foundation (@ObamaFoundation) June 27, 2020 Now, almost six years after he won his case, Obergefell said his life is nothing like it used to be. Once a consultant and realtor, he has […]

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