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Obergefell Calls On Portman To Act

Jim Obergefell
Jim Obergefell

As President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate face a Supreme Court nomination fight, oneOhioansays the need to fill the empty seat hits him on a personal level. 

Cincinnati resident JimObergefellwas the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that led the state and the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. That decision was a 5-4 ruling.

Obergefellis urging U.S. Senator Rob Portman to do his part to find a new justice so future cases don’t end up with tied decisions.

“With that type of a split it would be up to the lower courts to give the final word on cases that impact millions of Americans. Tying the hands of the high court for two termsseverlyundermines the rule of law and ignores many important legal questions unresolved,” saidObergefell.

Portman has said the Senate should wait until the next president is elected before confirming a Supreme Court nominee.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.