National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free & open to the public.
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Join us at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as we present the Everyday Freedom Hero Award to Jim Obergefell.
Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that would legalize same-sex marriage across the United States, Obergefell v. Hodges. The Everyday Freedom Hero Award presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested as seating is limited.
The Everyday Freedom Hero Award was created to recognize individuals and organizations who strive to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement—courage, cooperation and perseverance, while using one’s resources for the wellbeing and betterment of their community. Previous honorees include Kerry and Annie Hilton, founders of Freeset Global, the Cincinnati Bengals Organization and Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, Eric Foner.
Obergefell was the named plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, a case involving more than thirty marriage equality plaintiffs from four states. Circumstances thrust Jim into this role; after marrying John, his partner of more than twenty years, who was dying of ALS, they decided to file suit against the state of Ohio to demand recognition of their lawful Maryland marriage on John’s impending death certificate.
After the Supreme Court ruling made marriage equality the law across the entire United States on June 26, 2015, Obergefell has embraced a career as a speaker with the APA Agency and continued his work as an activist with organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Ohio. He has been honored with awards from organizations such as SAGE, Equality Florida, Equality North Carolina, the ACLU of Southern California, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, The International Court Council, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and the Ohio Democratic Party. Foreign Policy magazine named Obergefell one of its 2015 Global Thinkers, and Out magazine included him in its 2015 Out 100 list.
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