Video Of The Day July 15: Gay Couple Flies To Maryland For Marriage
John Arthur was struck ill by ALS 18 years into his relationship with Jim Obergefell. But the pair hasn't let that stop them from finally tying the knot now that the Supreme Court has struck down DOMA. Only problem: they live in Ohio where marriage equality remains illegal, and travel for an ALS patient is difficult at best.
Still, the two made plans to travel to Maryland to have their decades-long relationship officially recognized by the U.S. government, and they made a video about it.
Obergefell flew to Baltimore on Tuesday, obtained the marriage license and flew back a few hours later.
And then on Thursday Arthur and Obergefell boarded a Lear jet at Lunken Airport with a nurse, two pilots trained in emergency medicine, and Arthur’s aunt, Paulette Roberts, who’d been ordained to perform weddings with the hope that she’d someday get to do theirs.
They touched down in Baltimore at 10:39 a.m. The plane parked off the runway and the pilots stepped outside.
And then, in the cramped cabin of the jet, Obergefell seated next to Arthur’s stretcher, the couple turned to each other and held hands. Roberts sat behind them and began to speak.
Grab the tissues, it's a long ride: