The denial of same-sex marriages violates a basic right
The primacy of our Constitution demands that everyone has an equal right to fulfilment in relationships
The US Supreme Court decision in 2015 to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in 13 states turned on an issue that seemed far from the places of worship or court-houses where marriages are typically solemnized. A petition by Jim Obergefell and co-petitioner Robert Grunn asked for the right to describe Obergefell as the ‘surviving spouse’ when his partner of two decades died. Grunn, owner of the funeral home where Obergefell’s spouse John Arthur’s funeral was conducted, joined the petition because he wanted to describe the relationship of same-sex couples truthfully. Because the state of Ohio did not recognize same-sex marriages, Grunn had had to “write ‘friend’ as opposed to ‘spouse’," he said.