Jim Obergefell

Ohio House of Representatives

Jim will continue to be an LGBTQ trailblazer as the first out LGBTQ person to represent House District 89!


Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff from the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, is a speaker on civil rights and LGBTQ+ equality represented by Keppler Speakers, and he was previously the Director of Special Events with Family Equality.

He sits on the Board of Advisors of the Mattachine Society of Washington, DC and the National Advisory Council of the GLBT Historical Society. Jim also previously served on the Board of Directors of SAGE.

Jim co-founded Equality Vines, the first cause-based wine label, to support organizations devoted to equality for all. He has had previous careers as a high school German teacher, corporate trainer, relationship manager, software education consultant, and real estate agent.

Jim co-authored the book Love Wins, published by William Morrow, and he has written book forewords, chapters, and afterwords, as well as essays and Op-Eds.

Born and raised in Sandusky, OH, Jim returned to his hometown after living in Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; and Washington, DC. Jim earned a degree in Secondary Education from the University of Cincinnati and attended graduate school at Bowling Green State University in college student personnel.

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