COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
“Ohio Democrats strongly believe that every Ohioan should have the freedom to marry, no matter whom they love,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper. “That is the fight Ohioans Jim Obergefell and John Arthur took on, and that is a fight the Ohio Democratic Party was proud to be a part of.”
The Ohio Democratic Party, with the Michigan Democratic Party, had filed an amicus brief in the Obergefell case.
“Today’s victory is exhilarating — but it is just the beginning,” said Pepper. “Across the state, our courts must take immediate steps to follow the law of the land and make marriage equality real for Ohio couples. We applaud those groups that have been working toward today — groups like Equality Ohio, HRC, the ACLU and Freedom to Marry — and who have already been laying the groundwork for same-sex couples to take their vows here in Ohio. We also applaud those judges and court administrators who have been working behind the scenes to be ready to issue licenses to these groundbreaking couples.
“Finally, we pause to honor Jim and John — two Cincinnatians whose love built a home, created a family and inspire us still even today. Justice was delayed, but it would not be denied.”