“We can fix that by putting jobs and working people first so we can rebuild our communities,” he said in his announcement video.
“You deserve to have someone in the State House who will fight for you to create good jobs, great schools for all kids, access to quality health care for everyone and a clean, healthy lake Erie,” Obergefell said. “It’s a big job, but I’ve been there. And I’m ready to be that state representative for you.”
Obergefell married John Arthur in 2013, months before Arthur died.
The Ohio couple had to travel to Maryland aboard a medical jet to get married when Arthur became gravely ill. When Arthur died, Obergefell sued to be recognized as Arthur’s spouse on his death certificate.
The landmark 2015 Supreme Court opinion bearing Obergefell’s name ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide.