CINCINNATI - A man who with his longtime partner helped lead a challenge to Ohio's ban on gay marriage has died.
A funeral home director and the attorney for John Arthur confirm that he died early Tuesday at home. He had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.
Arthur and James Obergefell, both 47, flew to Maryland in June to marry. They then sued for recognition of their marriage in Ohio so they can be buried next to each other in Arthur's family plot.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Black found in favor of the couple. He wrote that they deserved to be treated with respect and that Ohio law historically has recognized out-of-state marriages as valid as long as they were legal where they took place, citing marriages between cousins and involving minors.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is asking skeptical questions as the court hears arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.
The state of Ohio's ban on same sex marriages will be on review by the United States Supreme Court Tuesday morning.
The Supreme Court will consider two questions: First, does the Constitution require states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples? Second, are states required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where they are legal?
Do states have the right to define marriage? On April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in four historic cases that will determine the future of same-sex marriage across the country. Here's what you need to know.
During less provocative periods, the court gets little flak for its self-imposed bar on cameras.
Not so long ago, opposition to same-sex marriage was the norm.