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Ohio Man Whose Wedding Led To Legal Challenge To State Dies

The terminally ill Ohio man whose heartrending marriage to his partner has led to a major challenge to Ohio’s ban on marriage equality has died. John Arthur, 48, had been diagnosed with ALS in 2011, and his dying wish was to marry his partner of 21 years, Jim Obergefell. His wish came true in July when a medical plane touched down on a runway in Maryland, where the couple were legally married.

Arthur and Obergefell then sought to have their marriage recognized in Ohio. Federal Judge Tim Black sided with the couple, ordering that Obergefell be listed as the survivor on Arthur’s death certificate. “Without a temporary restraining order, the official record of Mr. Arthur’s death, and the last official document recording his existence on earth, will incorrectly classify him as unmarried, despite his legal marriage to Mr. Obergefell,” Black wrote.

The implications of the case are far broader. What’s at stake is the need for Ohio to recognize legal marriages performed elsewhere and the state’s ban on marriage equality. That’s quite the legacy for Arthur to leave behind.

By:           John Gallagher
On:           Oct 22, 2013
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  • 5 Comments
    • Scribe38
      Scribe38

      Rest In Peace Sir.

      Sorry for your lost, to the husband.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rockery
      Rockery

      While this is sad, at least he got his wish and his husband is his successor.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Volvoguy
      Volvoguy

      Sorry for your loss, this tiny flower dying will
      Make the flower bed so much stronger.
      His life and death will change a lot of laws in
      Ohio and the US.

      Oct 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mikah
      Mikah

      He will live on through his husband.

      Oct 23, 2013 at 10:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bledoutcolor
      bledoutcolor

      Aww queerty just had to ruin my day didnt it. :( i remember almost crying when i read about how sweet their marriage was and I knew his death would besooner rather than later, but dammit Queerty.

      *shoots the messenger*

      R.I.P Im grateful that these two genuine, loving men were able to be eternally bound before his death, not that they needed a wedding certificate for that in the first place. But it being official definitely made it that more poignant for both of them im sure.

      Oct 23, 2013 at 11:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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