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The Advocate Interviews Jim Obergefell About Marriage Equality Today

Published Thursday, Mar. 18th, 2021

Cover image via Equality Vines, a cause-based wine company co-founded by Jim Obergefell

It’s been almost six full years since Obergefell v. Hodges was decided, legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide. But in a recent interview with The Advocate’s LGBTQ&A podcast, Jim Obergefell says that the fight for marriage equality continues. 


Obergefell points out that LGBTQ+ marriages still face constant scrutiny and discrimination every day across the country -- whether couples are trying to apply for marriage licenses, commission wedding cakes, adopt children, or simply keep their jobs. More work, he explains, is needed. 


He says: "If I'm demanding equal rights, civil rights for me as a gay man, then I better damn well be demanding those same things for every other member of the LGBTQ+ community.” (via The Advocate, linked below.)


In the interview, Obergefell also reflects on his early relationship with his late husband John Arthur, the long road to the Supreme Court, the need for stronger federal protections for the entire LGBTQ+ community, and the future of marriage equality. 


Find a transcription of the interview & link to the podcast episode in Jeffrey Master’s article for The Advocate.  





Did you know? Jim Obergefell was the plaintiff in the landmark same-sex marriage case brought before the Supreme Court in 2015. He's also a civil rights activist. He co-founded Equality Vines, an advocacy minded wine company, co-authored Love Wins, is a member of the nonprofit Family Equality, and appears on a Netflix docuseries called Amend: The Fight for America



Obergefell v. Hodges continues to make headlines...


We've made amazing strides towards marriage equality in the last few decades, and it should never be taken for granted. 


Here are a few times the instrumental Obergefell v Hodges case made headlines lately: 




Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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