James and John CampaginCard Shower & Candle Light Vigil
Help us honor two wonderful Ohioans.
After spending the last 20 years together, John Arthur and Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati were married in Baltimore, Maryland. Their story is as heart warming as it is tragic. You see, because John suffers from the advance stages of ALS, and is at the end of his life in Hospice care, the couple had to charter an air ambulance so that they could be wed on the tarmac at the Baltimore airport.
When the two returned home, the great people at Hospice as well as John and Jim's family recognized their marriage. Sadly however, our state government refused to do so. That meant that Jim would not be listed as the surviving spouse on John's Death Certificate, and as such, the two might not be permitted to be buried next to each other in John's family cemetery plot. But tragic story took a turn for the better as a Federal Court Judge ruled that Jim must be listed on John's Death Certificate as his spouse.
While the Ohio Attorney General has vowed to fight the Court Order and to defend the 2004 Ohio Marriage Ban all the way to the US Supreme Court, Marriage Equality Ohio and FreedomOhio have called upon the Ohio Attorney General to honor the Court ruling, recognize the marriage, and treat this family and ALL families fairly, with dignity and respect.We need your help!
Now we're asking you to step up, and make your voices heard in two simple ways:
1) Join us at a candle Light Vigil honoring John and Jim's love and commitment, and
2) Send a card or letter to John and Jim to let them know how you feel.
Candle Light Vigil:
Location: Outside the Federal Courthouse in Cincinnati
100 E 5th St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Date:Saturday, August 3, 2013
Time: 8pm to 9:30
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/636858146327479/
Sending a card or letter:
Marriage Equality Ohio
Attn: Adam Hoover
312 Whitewater Drive
Harrison, OH 45030
*In your own words, please share your thoughts in a card or letter. For timely delivery of the cards and letters, please place in the mail by this Tuesday.