Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage; plaintiff speaks out

A man behind the fight to bring marriage equality to same-sex couples was in the valley.

The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on this landmark case in late June.

"I fight for an end to discrimination, nothing more, nothing less," said Jim Obergefell.

Jim Obergefell is the man whose marriage is at the center of Obergefell v. Hodges, a Supreme Court case that could lead to nationwide marriage equality.

"You know when we started our fight, it was from a very personal place, it was about our relationship, our marriage, but I quickly learned it is so much more than that," said Obergefell.

Jim and his partner of 20-years John Arthur lived in Ohio. Both were married in 2013 as John was in the final stages of Lou Gehrig's disease. The ceremony took place aboard a medical plane that landed in Maryland, one of the few states that allowed same-sex marriage.

John died, just over three months later.

Jim's legal fight began when he tried to have his name listed on John's death certificate as his spouse. The State of Ohio fought to keep that from happening.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case; Jim says he is optimistic the high court will rule in his favor.

"I'm hopeful, and I'm trusting in equal justice under the law, and I'm hoping we will get the decision I'm hoping for. And I won't think about the alternative because that's just too painful," said Obergefell.
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