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Obergefell to receive Everyday Freedom Hero Award

Published: Oct. 22, 2016 at 3:46 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2016 at 3:46 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man who took his fight for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court is being honored today.

Jim Obergefell is being awarded the Everyday Freedom Hero Award by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

He fought for the state to recognize his marriage to his then dying husband, John Arthur. Arthur has since died from ALS.

Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that would eventually legalize same-sex marriage across the United States.

The Everyday Freedom Hero Award recognizes individuals and organizations who strive to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement.

Previous honorees include Kerry and Annie Hilton, founders of Freeset Global, the Cincinnati Bengals Organization and Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, Eric Foner.

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