Washington Post reporter, Cincinnati resident behind Supreme Court same-sex marriage victory to visit Main Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Debbie Cenziper, and Jim Obergefell, the leading plaintiff behind the landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage case, are sharing their story as told in the book Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Main Library, 800 Vine St., Downtown Cincinnati. Hear Obergefell’s own words about his journey with his husband John and their fight that resulted in marriage equality for over 200 million Americans.

About the book

In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law in all 50 states in a revolutionary decision. Through insider anecdotes and access to key players, Love Wins lays out the dramatic and previously unreported events behind Obergefell v. Hodges and the lives at its center. This is a chronicle of law and love—and a promise made to a dying man who wanted to know how he would be remembered.

A book signing follows Obergefell and Cenziper's talk. Books are available for purchase courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers. This program is sponsored by Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

More about the authors

Cenziper, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post, has won major prizes in American journalism including the Pulitzer Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She has held reporting positions at the Miami Herald and the Charlotte Observer.

Obergefell, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, realtor, and IT consultant, met and fell in love with John Arthur in 1992. The devoted couple were together for two decades and traveled to Maryland to officially marry in 2013, with Arthur having been diagnosed with ALS. After his husband’s death, Obergefell entered a legal battle with the state of Ohio which became known as Obergefell v. Hodges. On June 26, 2015, the court ruled that the Constitution supports same-sex marriage for the entirety of the United States.

For more information about Cenziper and Obergefell’s and visit, call 513-369-6900 or visit CincinnatiLibrary.org. In light of recent events, there may be bag checks during the event to ensure everyone’s safety. All attendees are asked to limit their belongings.