Marriage ruling plaintiff from Ohio dedicated to activism

CINCINNATI (AP) — Three years ago Sunday, Jim Obergefell (OH’-burh-uh-fehl) asked his longtime partner to marry him, beginning a whirlwind of events that led to his name being at the top of the U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted in legalization of same-sex marriage across America.

He and terminally ill John Arthur were married aboard a medically equipped plane in Maryland, where they flew because of Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Their situation drew the attention of a veteran Cincinnati civil rights attorney.

Obergefell is promoting a new book called “Love Wins.” He says he will devote his life to continuing the fight for equality for all amid backlash and the horror of the Orlando nightclub killings.