Card campaign for local couple in same-sex marriage ruling

John Arthur and James Obergefell, courtesy of Support Marriage Equality Ohio.
John Arthur and James Obergefell, courtesy of Support Marriage Equality Ohio.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Support Marriage Equality Ohio is holding a greeting card campaign for a local couple who became the first in Ohio to have their out-of-state, same-sex marriage legally recognized by the State of Ohio.

James Obergefell and John Arthur of Cincinnati have been together for over 20 years. According to Marriage Equality Ohio, Arthur was diagnosed with ALS 26 months ago and is currently under Hospice care.

They were recently married in Maryland, a state that recognizes same-sex marriage.

In an attempt to have Arthur's eventual death certificate show his status as married, the couple filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court last Friday. According to the lawsuit, they wanted the court to rule that Ohio's law and constitution violate their rights, including equal protection.

On Monday, Judge Timothy Black ruled in favor of the two plaintiffsgranting their motion for a temporary restraining order. The ruling made them the first couple in the state to have their out-of-state marriage legally recognized in Ohio.

Support Marriage Equality says they'd like to receive at least 1,000 greeting cards of well wishes for Obergefell and Arthur. They hope to receive the cards on or before Saturday, August 3.

Those wishing to participate can mail them to:

Marriage Equality Ohio (Adam Hoover)

312 Whitewater Drive

Harrison, OH 45030-1443

The group says they want to honor the couple, and "thank them for fighting this battle in John's last days."

Support Marriage Equality Ohio is a group of citizens committed to marriage equality in the State of Ohio. For more information, visit:

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