Jim Obergefell is the named plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which will decide whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states. He was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio. Along with his late husband, John Arthur, he travelled and collected art while holding a variety of corporate jobs in training and technology. He was heavily involved in local charities and historic preservation. Obergefell calls himself an "accidental activist."