WASHINGTON, D.C. - Equal justice under law. The words are etched on the front of the Supreme Court, and today Ohio Plaintiff Jim Obergefell says they are finally true.
"Today's ruling from the Supreme Court affirms what millions across this country already know to be true in our hearts...our love is equal,” Obergefell said, through tears.
The sun peeked out through dark clouds over the Supreme Court as same-sex couples waited for this: a 5-4 ruling that states can’t ban same-sex marriages
Obergefell is the main plaintiff in the Supreme Court case. He fought to have his legal Maryland marriage recognized on his husband's Ohio death certificate.
“When the man I loved and cared for passed away from one of the cruelest diseases known to humanity, the state of Ohio, the state in which I've lived, worked and paid taxes for most of my life, continued to fight my right to list my name on John's death certificate,” he said.
Balloons spelling love were released into the sky. Steps away, excited supporters sang the National Anthem. In the middle of it all, Obergefell addressed thousands of people after the decision was announced, holding his husband’s photo.
"I'd like to thank John, for loving me, for making me a better man and for giving me something worth fighting for. I love you. This is for you, John. Thank you,” he said.
Obergefell says he thinks our nation is better off because of the court’s decision and he hopes the term gay marriage will soon be a thing of the past.