A gay couple raised enough money to fly from Ohio to Baltimore, Maryland to get married – while one of them is still alive to do so. Gay Star News reports:
A gay man, bedridden due to ALS, received a final wish: marriage to his 20-year partner. Since this past March Ohio resident John Arthur has been a patient with Crossroads Hospice, a facility that offers residents a ‘perfect day.’ In late June, when the Supreme Court got rid of the Defense of Marriage Act, Arthur knew he wanted to marry long-term partner Jim Obergefell.
Towleroad.com reports than many people kicked in money to help the couple:
Donations poured in that would cover the cost of a $12,700 private plane charter, Cincinnati.com adds: Obergefell flew to Baltimore on Tuesday, obtained the marriage license and flew back a few hours later. And then on Thursday Arthur and Obergefell boarded a Lear jet at Lunken Airport with a nurse, two pilots trained in emergency medicine, and Arthur’s aunt, Paulette Roberts, who’d been ordained to perform weddings with the hope that she’d someday get to do theirs.
This just underscores how important it is to work to overturn these bans as quickly as possible. Every day that goes by means more of us die before we see full marriage equality.