CHICAGO ( September 16, 2015 ) — The Human Rights Campaign today announced that Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff of the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, will deliver a speech at the 2015 Chicago Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, October 17.
"Jim is the man behind the Supreme Court same-sex marriage case that brought marriage equality to all 50 states earlier this past June," said HRC Chicago Gala co-chair Anne Klingeberger. "It is only fitting that he will be at HRC Chicago's celebration of equality this year."
Obergefell was the named plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges. Obergefell and his late husband John Arthur, who suffered from a terminal illness, famously had to charter a medical plane to Maryland to marry on the tarmac after being unable to access a marriage license in their home state of Ohio due to the state's ban on marriage equality. After returning from Maryland, the couple learned that Jim would not be listed on John's death certificate because Ohio did not recognize their marriage. Jim sought the state's recognition of his marriage to John.
Obergefell will join nearly 700 attendees at the Hilton Chicago. The annual HRC Chicago Gala Dinner and Silent Auction is one of the largest LGBT fundraising events in the Midwest.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2015 HRC Chicago Gala, please visithttp://www.hrcchicago.org/ .
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.