After careers in teaching, training, IT consulting, and real estate, Jim Obergefell is now an LGBTQ activist, speaker, and author. He is also the co-founder of Equality Vines, the first cause-based wine label that supports organizations devoted to civil rights and equality for all.
Obergefell is the named plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, a decision that brought nationwide marriage equality to the United States on June 26, 2015. He and his husband John launched their legal battle with the State of Ohio to demand recognition of their lawful marriage on John’s impending death certificate. John died of ALS three months after their first court hearing, and Obergefell continued the fight along with more than 30 other plaintiffs from four states.
Since the ruling, Obergefell has continued his work as an activist and as a speaker with Keppler Speakers. He co-authored the book Love Wins with Debbie Cenziper, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist with the Washington Post, which is about the lovers and lawyers in this historic Supreme Court case. It was published by William Morrow/Harper Collins; Temple Hill Productions and Fox 2000 will produce a feature film based on the book.