Obergefell is the second Ohioan inducted into the state’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame for work specifically on behalf of LGBTQ people. Former Ohio State University law professor Rhonda Rivera, one of the early advocates for LGBTQ civil rights in Ohio, was inducted in 2010.
The 60 other members of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame include Jesse Owens; Gloria Steinem; Toni Morrison; Larry Doby, the first black player in baseball’s American League; and the late Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes, the first black mayor of a major U.S. city.
“Growing up in Ohio, I never imagined my name would be known across the state, let alone the nation, for anything, especially not for something as important as civil rights,” Obergefell told Prizm today. “I remember the pride my fellow Ohioans felt that it was a someone from Ohio whose name, face and story had become synonymous with marriage equality, and that was thanks enough for my late husband John’s and my fight for equality. I’m honored that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission believes I’m worthy of this wonderful recognition, and I’m humbled to join the other honorees in the Hall of Fame.”
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