Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

SF mayor welcomes plaintiff in US Supreme Court marriage case

Marriage lawsuit plaintiff Jim Obergefell. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Marriage lawsuit plaintiff Jim Obergefell. Photo: Rick Gerharter

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other officials gathered at City Hall today (Wednesday, June 10) to greet Jim Obergefell, the namesake plaintiff in the same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lee and others also pledged that even if, as is expected, the court announces this month that gay marriage will be legal in all 50 states, more work needs to be done to protect LGBTs across the country against discrimination in employment, housing, and other areas.

“Your bravery, your courage, and your willingness to take a stand are an example” to everyone who values equality and fairness, Lee told Obergefell.

Obergefell married John Arthur in July 2013. Arthur died about three months later from ALS. The couple’s home state of Ohio has refused to recognize their marriage.

At the event on the mayor’s balcony Wednesday, Obergefell said, “I never thought I would have to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend our marriage,” but “I promised to love, honor, and protect my partner John.”

He added, “Marriage isn’t the end of our battle for equality. … I promise to keep up the fight for the LGBT community until full equality is truly a reality.”

Obergefell is the plaintiff at the heart of the case Obergefell v. Hodges. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case in April.

Chad Griffin, CEO of the national Human Rights Campaign, said at the mayor’s event Wednesday that his organization is working on legislation aimed at protecting LGBTs across the country from discrimination. He didn’t know when a bill would be introduced.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more on this story in the Tuesday, June 16 edition of the online column Wedding Bells Ring.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 10, 2015 @ 4:22 pm PST
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