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Gay Rights Advocate Jim Obergefell To Run For Ohio House

Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the marriage equality case "Obergefell v. Hodges," stands in from of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 6, 2015.
Andrew Harnik
Associated Press

Gay rights advocate Jim Obergefell who was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide announced he’s running for a seat in the Ohio legislature.

Obergefell announced his bid Tuesday and said he wants Ohio to be a place where people feel they have equal opportunity.

His name was atop the landmark 2015 ruling that ended same-sex marriage bans and made him a visible figure in the marriage-equality movement.

The Democrat will run for the Ohio House in a district that includes his hometown of Sandusky and has been dominated by Republicans the past eight years.