Austin welcomes plaintiff in Supreme Court marriage-equality case

Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court marriage-equality case.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court marriage-equality case, was in Austin Monday for a press conference with Texas plaintiffs and LGBT advocates, including Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Texas marriage-equality plaintiffs Nicole and Cleo DeLeon, and Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, and speakers from several pro-equality Texas organizations.

Together, they discussed the local effect of the marriage-equality ruling, as well as the important work that remains — including the fight for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. LGBT people can still be fired, evicted and denied public services in much of Texas.

Obergefell is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was fighting with the state to keep his name on his husband’s death certificate after he passed away from complications with ALS. His battle took him all the way to the Supreme Court, who ruled in his favor on Friday.

“Now because of the supreme court, our marriage is now recognized by the State of Ohio,” said Obergefell.

Obergefell — who also got a phone call from President Barack Obama — spoke with CNN after the ruling.

“It’s my hope that the term ‘gay marriage’ will soon be a thing of the past – that from this day forward, it will simply be ‘marriage.’ And our nation will be better off because of it. I also hope that this decision has a profound effect in reducing the stigma, the hurt, the alienation and discrimination that LGBT people all too often feel when we live our lives openly and authentically.”

 

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