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John Arthur Dies

Posted Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 @ 10am  by 700WLW News

( Cincinnati ) - The family of John Arthur is mourning his loss. The 48-year-old died Tuesday after a long struggle with ALS.

Arthur and James Obergefell got married in Maryland after the US Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act this past June.

They filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Ohio's 2004 ban on gay marriage, arguing that because their wedding was performed in a state where gay marriage is legal, Obergefell should be listed as "spouse" on Arthur's Ohio death certificate. There were also issues about Arthur's family plot at Spring Grove Cemetery being limited to only blood relatives and spouses.

A federal just agreed with Arthur and Obergefell, ordering that Arthur be allowed to list Obergefell as his spouse on his death certificate.

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