Plaintiff in Supreme Court gay marriage ruling has book deal

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — The lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case that made gay marriage a nationwide right has a book deal.

William Morrow told The Associated Press on Monday that Jim Obergefell (OH'-burk-uh-fel) is collaborating with Washington Post journalist Debbie Cenziper on "21 Years to Midnight." Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, plans a June 2016 release to mark the 5-4 ruling's anniversary.

Obergefell's involvement in what became Obergefell v. Hodges originated with his desire to have his name listed as "surviving spouse" of the late John Arthur. Same-sex marriage had been illegal in Obergefell's native Ohio.

Earlier this month, 20th Century Fox announced it had acquired rights to Obergefell's story for a film about the Supreme Court case. Both Fox and Morrow are part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.