Jim Obergefell

Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff from the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, is a speaker on LGBTQ+ equality and civil rights represented by Keppler Speakers.

He co-founded Equality Vines, the first cause-based wine label, to support organizations devoted to equality for all. Jim is President of the WebQ Board of Directors, and he sits on advisory boards for the GLBT Historical Society and Mattachine Society of Washington, DC. Jim is a past SAGE board member and former Family Equality staff member.

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. He is also a producer on the in-development documentary series Just Married.

Jim has previously had careers as a high school German teacher, corporate trainer, relationship manager, software education consultant, and real estate agent.

Born and raised in Sandusky, OH, Jim returned to his hometown after living in Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; and Washington, DC. In his free time, Jim enjoys photography, travel, choral singing, reading, and art museums.

Jim Obergefell is a longtime friend and supporter of Family Equality.