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Ohio man who challenged state’s gay marriage ban dies

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CINCINNATI — John Arthur, who with his longtime partner helped lead a legal challenge to Ohio’s ban on gay marriage, died early Tuesday, his attorney and a funeral home director said. He was 48.

With Arthur terminally ill from Lou Gehrig’s disease, he and James Obergefell, both 47, flew to Maryland in June to marry after more than 20 years together.

They then then sued in federal court in Cincinnati for recognition of their marriage in Ohio so they could be buried next to each other in Arthur’s family plot, which only allows decedents and spouses.

Gary Landers, Cincinnati Enquirer/AP
Jim Obergefell, right, and John Arthur return from their wedding flight at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport. The couple were married during a short ceremony on the plane, on the tarmac, at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on July 11, after flying in from Cincinnati.

“Their love is a model for all of us,” attorney Al Gerhardstein said, praising Arthur for fighting in his last days for the rights of all same-sex couples.

“Part of John’s legacy will be the difference he has already made in the struggle for marriage equality,” Gerhardstein said.

Funeral home director Robert Grunn, who recently joined the lawsuit as a plaintiff, said arrangements were pending .

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black found in favor of the couple and a second couple that joined the lawsuit. He wrote that they deserved to be treated with respect and that Ohio law historically has recognized out-of-state marriages as valid as long as they were legal where they took place, citing marriages between cousins and involving minors.

“How then can Ohio, especially given the historical status of Ohio law, single out same-sex marriages as ones it will not recognize?” Black wrote in August. “The short answer is that Ohio cannot.”

The lawsuit has been expanded to have the out-of-state marriages of all gay couples in similar situations recognized on Ohio death certificates, despite the statewide ban. Black is expected to rule on that in December.

Critics of the lawsuit say it’s a backdoor approach to legalizing gay marriage in Ohio and that the cemetery where Obergefell and Arthur want to be buried next to each other likely would accommodate th eir request without litigation.

But the president of the cemetery where they want to be buried said he has to follow Ohio law.

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Gary Freytag, president of Spring Grove Cemetery, said that in order for the couple to be buried next to each other, they either have to be listed on their death certificates as married or get written permission from all the living direct heirs of the family plot.

He pointed out that the problem likely won’t come to a head until Obergefell’s death, since Arthur’s family is the one who has a plot at Spring Grove.

“At that point, Ohio law may allow single-sex marriage,” he said.

The case has drawn attention in other states, including helping spark a similar but much broader lawsuit in Pennsylvania. Black’s decision also has irritated some conservative groups and lawmakers in Ohio, with one Republican state legislator calling for Congress to impeach him.

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  1. No :’(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:43pm
  2. :-(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:43pm
  3. RIP, my brother!! :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:44pm
  4. So sorry for your loss

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:45pm
  5. Many thanks …. Rest in peace.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:45pm
  6. What a great honor, RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:45pm
  7. R.I.P. my friend may you be at peace :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:46pm
  8. {hug} who’s picking up the torch?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:46pm
  9. May he rest in peace

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:46pm
  10. Rest in peace. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:47pm
  11. may he rest in peace

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:47pm
  12. So sad all around what this man went through with his disease and fighting to marry the person he loves. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:47pm
  13. My condolences!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:47pm
  14. This is a prime example of true love….they are in my prayers

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:47pm
  15. My condolences brave one. Your love will forever be honored here on earth until you are reunited in heaven.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:48pm
  16. nawwww rest in peace

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:48pm
  17. R.I.P coming from the LGBT community thank you for your support i hope you rest in peace

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:48pm
  18. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:49pm
  19. Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:49pm
  20. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:49pm
  21. Hopefully his fight won’t be in vain

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:49pm
  22. May he Rest In Peace.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:50pm
  23. Rest in peace knowing that your husband is taken care of.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:51pm
  24. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:51pm
  25. May he find more acceptance on the other side than he did here. It’s up to us to continue the fight for equality.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:52pm
  26. I am so happy he got to get married before he passed. I live in Maryland and am happy to know we could help w that.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:52pm
  27. We should all be so lucky to die for the cause!! R.I.P.THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:53pm
  28. you have brought the whole community one step closer to equality, your fight has not and will not be in vain, thank you and your partner for stepping up and may you rest in peace

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:54pm
  29. R I P <3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:54pm
  30. RIP. Thank you for becoming beacon of hope.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:54pm
  31. may he rest in peace…to bad we loose so many great people…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:54pm
  32. RIP….we will continue the fight!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:54pm
  33. RIP. Heartbreaking.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:55pm
  34. thats sad

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:55pm
  35. Many prayers

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:55pm
  36. RIP. May God bless his family! Xoxo

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:56pm
  37. R.I.P.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:56pm
  38. Very said to hear this but at least he knew he was Loved

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:58pm
  39. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:58pm
  40. Thank you for all that you did. Rest in peace…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:58pm
  41. Thank you for everything you did for us! Sending my love to his family.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:59pm
  42. Bitter sweet. Hope his husbands heart heals quickly <3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:59pm
  43. so sad :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:59pm
  44. sadness. but happy, in a way. togetherness.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:00pm
  45. Rest in peace….

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:00pm
  46. Totally heartbreaking. Rest in peace and may the angels be with him.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:00pm
  47. Loved Your Spirit! You’re in our thoughts and prayers as is your partner.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:00pm
  48. He fought the good fight and we should all take something from his example. Thanks John Arthur!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:02pm
  49. Aww RIP :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:03pm
  50. God Bless your hearts R.I.P

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:03pm
  51. May John Arthur Rest In Peace and may perpetual Light shine upon him. God bless his husband and family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:05pm
  52. Rest in peace.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:06pm
  53. R.I.P.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:08pm
  54. What courage … RIP.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:09pm
  55. Rest is peace! You have inspired and touched many!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:09pm
  56. His life and passing were not in vain. There’s someone in San Francisco who has hope. Thanks, man. I know you’re resting exactly how you’d like. We can all only hope for the same.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:09pm
  57. may he have eternal rest

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:09pm
  58. Hanging with the angels…..<3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:13pm
  59. RIP!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:13pm
  60. sad. May you rest in peace.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:13pm
  61. So sad. Thank you for standing up for what is right!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:13pm
  62. RIP John.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:14pm
  63. RIP my brother!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:15pm
  64. So sad!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:16pm
  65. Such a shame… Hopefully his husband will be able to join him when the time comes.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:16pm
  66. RIP and thank you, my condolences to his spouse

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:16pm
  67. so sad, but he’s out of pain and he’s a married man too :-) R.I.P. my friend :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:18pm
  68. May he rest in peace

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:19pm
  69. RIP dear man! Thanks for everything you have done and meant for and to our community!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:20pm
  70. Rest in peace. This is pretty sad.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:21pm
  71. RIP this is so sad. But hopefully he got it passed in Ohio….

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:22pm
  72. My condolences to his family and friends <3 rest in peace…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:22pm
  73. Sorry for your loss. Please know your actions prompted me and my partner of 27 years to get married in Annapolis, Maryland on Aug. 5, 2013. Thank you for being my personal heroes.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:24pm
  74. In so happy they married. Ky condolences to the family and his husband.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:26pm
  75. Walk into the sunshine..

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:28pm
  76. RIP John Arthur, my condolences to his husband and family. I hope their struggle to be respected will become law for all that deserve the same compassion.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:29pm
  77. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:29pm
  78. The man has died, why put them through all these legal maneuvers? Heterosexuals would never be put through all of these tactics.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:30pm
  79. What a wonderful man

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:31pm
  80. Rest in peace :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:31pm
  81. So sorry to hear. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:32pm
  82. So sad for your loss, I hope all turns out in your favor. You have inspired many!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:32pm
  83. AIDS?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:35pm
  84. Thank you for inspiring so many of us. You are an amazing pair. Just know your husband will always be watching over you now. May he rest in peace.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:36pm
  85. So sad

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:38pm
  86. Really!? Now they can’t even be buried together in a plot that has been paid for… I bet some old bat can get buried with her precious dog…but two people who love each other can’t??? WTH?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:38pm
  87. Actually, Judge Black ordered their wedding in Maryland be recognized in Ohio and directed that both Death Certificates list the other as SPOUSE. Unless a higher Court has intervened, they will be buried next to each other.

    Replied on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:28pm
  88. God bless and rest in peace……<3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:40pm
  89. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:42pm
  90. So sad, may he rest in heaven.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:43pm
  91. RIP. I am glad you got to be married before the end.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:44pm
  92. RIP John Arthur. I also want to say that I clicked on the link of your marriage. So much love it made me cry. My condolences to Jim Obergefell and all of your love ones. Thank you!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:46pm
  93. r.i.p.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:47pm
  94. thank you and may God be with your family ….RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:47pm
  95. Condolences and thank you for all your hard work….

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:48pm
  96. The ‘Like’ is for the victory of love over hate. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:49pm
  97. I’m sorry :( Rest in peace

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:53pm
  98. rip baby.. youre still fabulious and as for his man keep your head up cause hes looking at you still making sure your fighting for all of us :D mainly him. thank you John Arthur rip sweetie…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:55pm
  99. So sorry xxx

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:57pm
  100. so sad, so sorry

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:57pm
  101. Thou you are gone… you are certainly going to be missed.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:58pm
  102. so sad :( xxx

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:58pm
  103. I am so sorry for you. Such a sad loss for such a strong couple!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3:59pm
  104. God bless

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:02pm
  105. Omg

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:03pm
  106. RIP good fight.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:04pm
  107. rip brother

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:06pm
  108. Sending love to his husband and family.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:07pm
  109. :’( R.I.P.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:08pm
  110. Rest in peace! God bless your family

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:09pm
  111. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:11pm
  112. :-(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:14pm
  113. RIP :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:15pm
  114. rest in peace

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:18pm
  115. Oh my…… may his wedded partner find peace and love…..sending it to him. RIP dear Joh.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:19pm
  116. Thank you both, and my love to both of you.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:20pm
  117. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:21pm
  118. RIP John…..

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:21pm
  119. Thanks for fighting for our brothers and sisters. We won’t stop till we have won this victory for you!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:23pm
  120. RIP they can never hurt you again.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:24pm
  121. Prayers for his husband and family. Rip.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:25pm
  122. Journey well and thank you for fighting the good fight <3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:26pm
  123. so sorry for your loss.. thank you for being such a brave fighter.. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:33pm
  124. SO SAD,GOD BLESS THEM BOTH,AS THIS ISN’T WHAT HE WANTED!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:34pm
  125. R.I.P.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:40pm
  126. Thank you for your bravery, RIP.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:42pm
  127. RIP and well done. You both have made the world better.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:44pm
  128. (( <3 ))

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:46pm
  129. God rest his soul! Praying for your other half!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:48pm
  130. my respects! thanks for fighting till the end!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 4:52pm
  131. So sorry to hear about the passing of John. My thoughts & prayers are with you Arthur and the family. Thank you for the fight!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:00pm
  132. Saw the ceremony & it was so touching. Condolences to his widower.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:06pm
  133. Our heart goes out to him and his partner

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:16pm
  134. rest in peace & ty for making the world a better place

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:24pm
  135. God has opened his arms to you. I pray for you both in your time of loss.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:31pm
  136. sad!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:31pm
  137. Rest in peace to him and a prayer for strength on his partner.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:36pm
  138. You fought the good fight, Thank You! RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:36pm
  139. Be at peace now, Mr. Arthur. I am sorry this was not a kinder world for you. May you know that you have helped change the world for all of us and we are forever grateful. My sincere condolences to your beloved Husband.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:41pm
  140. Rest in peace,and thank you.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:45pm
  141. Love their courageous love story.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:54pm
  142. At least he got his final wish…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:55pm
  143. sad

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:56pm
  144. R.I.P. John

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:59pm
  145. RIP May the devil bigots know that even in death you challenge their repression we will never give up !

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:01pm
  146. Sad. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:03pm
  147. So sad …… Sorry to hear of your loss ….remember the good times x

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:08pm
  148. My thoughts are with his family and everyone who knew him.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:11pm
  149. Rest in forever Paradise rest knowing you made a difference

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:11pm
  150. RIP My condolences to his partner and family

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:15pm
  151. Sympathy to you. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:16pm
  152. I am so sorry. I am glad he has seen things change.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:20pm
  153. Rest in Peace John, and thank you

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:27pm
  154. The worlds a little better place because of your efforts. Thanks. Peaceful memories to those who love you.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:41pm
  155. My deepest condolences.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:42pm
  156. RIP, you put up the good fight! Sad for his partner!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:45pm
  157. Condolences to Mr. Arthur’s husband.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:49pm
  158. rest in peace my friend..

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:55pm
  159. Bless His Heart!! Sending Love & Hugs & Prayers to his Husband and Family~ I’m proud to know you were Blessed to be Married~

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:56pm
  160. Oh no. I’m so sorry. ♥

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:59pm
  161. James, I’m so sorry for your loss but so happy for yours and John’s stamina to fight the good fight. Peace to your broken heart.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00pm
  162. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! RIP :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:03pm
  163. The question asked by the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ms. Elena Kagan, “do you really think Congress was doing this for uniformity reasons or that its judgment was infected” may be clearly understood when (as Congress may be affected by the same laws of Universal citizenry as nature) stating that all men are created equal in the unique and Universal substance of identity which we’ve learned to recognize as the mystery of creation. It’s therefore to be understood that no man has identity over the creation of a maker that’s found to contain only the perseverance of patience and the infinite individuality of the cosmos. . .

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:06pm
  164. Rest in peace John…glad you had so much love in your life in a pretty- cruel world

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:06pm
  165. I’m sorry for your loss.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:08pm
  166. God Bless Him may he find the peace of God.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:11pm
  167. Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:33pm
  168. so many loving, down home, strong family value, strong life values…how could this happen. Shame on the legislators in Ohio!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:34pm
  169. rest in paradise when you cross over the line to the world of the unseen doesn’t mean your actually gone our eyes are just not that sensitive our minds are just not that elevated to grasp the living dead.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:35pm
  170. R.I.P though i did not know you, i know how hard you and your husband worked to help bring about change. You have helped to make life better for millions of people, whom will be saddened by your departure from this planet. You are now a star shining brightly in the sky, looking out for your dear husband, until you meet again in the next world.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:40pm
  171. Awwww no :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:00pm
  172. This married couple makes me proud to be a buckeye!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:05pm
  173. R.I.P

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:18pm
  174. Condolences to family and loved ones

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:41pm
  175. Thankyou for your courage and R.I.P

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:43pm
  176. Heart Breaking!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:46pm
  177. So sorry to receive this news… Sincere condolences to his husband and family. RIP

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:48pm
  178. Glad to here that.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 8:51pm
  179. A Brave man dies.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:16pm
  180. Sad, indeed.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:20pm
  181. So very sorry. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:21pm
  182. Thank you, brave man, and RIP.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:27pm
  183. So sorry to hear of his passing. RIP, John, and hopefully your partner will be able to go on with your quest. Bless you both and know you will be reunited one day.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:28pm
  184. R.I.P and thank you.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:47pm
  185. RIP . God Bless you fir your fight. Thank you for helping all of us.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:47pm
  186. Such brave men. May you rest peacefully knowing you were on the right side of history and thousands will remember you for your courage. My 44 year old gay daughter died from a blood clot only 3 days before same sex marriage became legal in our state of California (for the 2nd time). I like to think she had a hand in it, from the other side. She and her partner of 25 years lived with me and my daughter-in-law will continue to do so until one of us passes. I’m 67 and have always been a straight ally fighting along side you in this battle we’ve finally won. RIP John <3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:51pm
  187. A hero in so may ways.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:56pm
  188. Thank you my friend. Rest in Peace. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:57pm
  189. thank u

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:05pm
  190. R.I.P :’( :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:15pm
  191. I am so sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:57pm
  192. Sadness.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:00pm
  193. May you rest in peace. LIATA

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:01pm
  194. R.I.P my brother,thank you for your strength & fight,my deepest condolences to your life longtime partner & soulmate,Godbless you both.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:13pm
  195. RIP, Thanks for all you have done to make the world a better place.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:23pm
  196. God bless! RIP.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:29pm
  197. Really sad but I am glad they were together.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:45pm
  198. R.I.P.my brother

    Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:52pm
  199. Rest in peace knowing you left a living husband behind in Ohio.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:14am
  200. Loving.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:15am
  201. RIP … :(

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:31am
  202. Sad to read. But I am glad for them they were able to be married and will have his death honoured in dignity.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:32am
  203. Sad :(

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:43am
  204. My condolences to his friends and family…he was courageous and brave.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:44am
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    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:48am
  206. A thousand thank-yous for all you did. You are soaring with the angles <3

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:54am
  207. Thank you for your courage. You were aleady an angel….

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1:01am
  208. Rest peacfully sweet soul

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1:20am
  209. Oh my. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1:26am
  210. RIP Sir. Bless you and your husband.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1:27am
  211. Literally fought for civil rights with his dying breath

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:06am
  212. How sad…..RIP

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:22am
  213. Blessed Be, Rest with the Angels.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:28am
  214. this is sad :(

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 4:13am
  215. R.I.P. AND tHANKS

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 4:38am
  216. :( RIP and thank you for your efforts.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6:09am
  217. RIP, John Arthur. And forgive this country its bigoted sins. Condolences to his husband and their families and friends.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:15am
  218. True love wins!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:23am
  219. It saddens my heart that people are suffering trying to get the rights they deserve. The government needs to fix this. My deepest sympathy love aunty L.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 8:32am
  220. may he be at peace now <3, condolences to his husband,

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 11:52am
  221. Rest In Peace, sir.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:10pm
  222. Rest peacefully with the love of your partner.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:54pm
  223. …wel damn.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:58pm
  224. Pass it on … Pa. pastor receives support in advance of his trial for officiating his son’s same-sex marriagehttp://www.ldnews.com/ci_24369250/south-lebanon-pastor-receives-support-advance-his-trial

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 4:19pm
  225. This is very sad. Bigotry and hate will not win, sir. Your fight will continue, we all promise.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 4:30pm