Jim Obergefell is the named plaintiff from the landmark United States Supreme Court marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges. Following the decision on June 26, 2015, Jim embraced a new career as an LBGTQ+ activist. He is also a speaker on LGBTQ+ equality represented by Keppler Speakers.
He sits on the Board of Advisors of the Mattachine Society of Washington, DC and the National Advisory Council of the GLBT Historical Society. Jim also previously served on the Board of Directors of SAGE, the oldest and largest national organization that advocates for and provides services for LGBTQ+ older Americans.
Merging a love of wine with the fight for equality, Jim co-founded Equality Vines, the world’s first cause-based wine label, to support organizations devoted to civil rights and equality for all.
Jim co-authored the book Love Wins with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Debbie Cenziper, published by William Morrow/Harper Collins, and he has also written various book forwards, chapters, and afterwords as well as essays and Op-Eds. Born and raised in Sandusky, OH, Jim now calls Columbus, OH home after several years in Washington, DC and several decades in Cincinnati, OH.