WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, Jim Obergefell – the plaintiff in the 2015 marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges – penned an opinion piece in the Washington Post where he argued against confirming President Trump’s nominee, Eric E. Murphy, to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Senator Brown has made it clear he agrees with Mr. Obergefell, and has publicly said he would oppose Eric Murphy after he argued against marriage equality. Brown also said he will oppose President Trump’s second nominee to serve on the Sixth Circuit, Chad A. Readler. Both nominees’ records include working to undermine the rights of Ohioans. As former Ohio Secretary of State, Senator Brown has always fought to protect Ohioans’ rights.
By Jim Obergefell
… The court rejected Murphy’s arguments and overturned that law. In a landmark opinion written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy — for whom Murphy himself once clerked — the Supreme Court declared that “it demeans gays and lesbians for the State to lock them out of a central institution of the Nation’s society.” Gay couples “ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” Kennedy wrote. “The Constitution grants them that right.”
Still, if Murphy had been successful, John and I, and tens of thousands of couples like us, would have been denied the right to marry and forced to live as second-class citizens.
Now, Murphy seeks to be a judge who will decide cases such as mine; his renomination was sent to the Senate this week. As a federal judge, Murphy would have immense power and influence over the rights of the LGBTQ community. Judges can decide if presidents can ban transgender soldiers from serving in the military. Judges can decide if people can be fired from their job for being gay. Such decisions would affect people such as me, Senator Portman’s son, and thousands of other LGBTQ people living in the 6th Circuit states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee…
Read the complete op-ed HERE.