The lead plaintiff in the case that overturned all remaining same-sex marriage bans in the U.S. has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
Jim Obergefell successfully won his challenge to Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court in June in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. With that decision, same-sex marriage was effectively legalized nationwide. Since then, Obergefell has remained outspoken in the fight for LGBT rights.
Weighing in on the 2016 election, Obergefell on Monday endorsed Hillary Clinton in a statement issued to The Washington Blade, citing Clinton as the best candidate to remain stalwart in the face of Republican opponents who wish to roll back the progress achieved by the LGBT community during the Obama administration.
“We have fought to not only change laws, but to change hearts, and now we need a president who will help us fight to eliminate the injustices that occur regularly in our community, and the best person to do that is Hillary Clinton,” Obergefell said. “Hillary is a proven leader who will not only ensure that states are implementing marriage equality, but will work to end discrimination in our community whether it’s by passing the Equality Act or through state measures. I refuse to let Republicans undo the progress that we’ve made, and that is why we need Hillary Clinton in the White House because she will be by our side as we break down barriers and finally reach full equality for all.”
Clinton responded to Obergefell’s endorsement by praising him for having “made history and changed America for the better.”
“There are still too many places where LGBT Americans are targeted for harassment and violence, and there are too many young people who are uncertain and scared of what their future might hold,” Clinton said. “Right now in America, you can get married on Saturday and be fired from your job on Monday just because of who you love. I see the injustices that are happening in our country, and that is why I’m committed to working with Jim and others to end discrimination against the LGBT community once and for all.”
— Jim Obergefell (@JimObergefell) November 16, 2015
Hillary also re-tweeted the above tweet sent out by Obergefell announcing his endorsement.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 16, 2015