In Tuesday’s Washington Post, Americans will see a face and name they will be seeing a lot more of in the days to come: the named plaintiff in the marriage equality case before the Supreme Court, Jim Obergefell.

“I’m just Jim,” he told the Post. “I just stood up for our marriage.” 

Obergefell, the named plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges and longtime HRC member, married his partner John, who was suffering from ALS, on a medical jet in Maryland in 2013. Obergefell and Arthur, both Ohio residents, filed a case in July 2013, seeking recognition of their Maryland marriage on Arthur’s death certificate. Arthur died three months later on October 22, 2013.

Since then, Obergefell’s case has made its way through the courts and will be heard by the Supreme Court on April 28.

“It’s hard to put into words,” Obergefell explained, “how to grasp that our decision to stand up and say, ‘This isn’t right,’ is going to affect so many people.”

Earlier this year, Obergefell joined HRC in the delivery of the historic “People’s Brief” calling for full nationwide marriage equality.

Obergefell is still coming to terms with becoming a household name, such a Brown or Roe. He told the Post, “On one level, I get it. But it hasn’t sunk in on an emotional level. I get it. But I don’t.”

Read the article in full here.


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