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Death of John Arthur, So-Called, Crusader for Marriage Equality

A terminally-ill Ohio man who flew to Maryland to marry his gay partner, has died. Attorney Al Gerhardstein represented John Arthur and his partner in federal court as they challenged Ohio's marriage law this summer.

At least for now Arthur's death certificate will read he was married and list his surviving spouse. A judge will decide in December whether to issue a permanent injunction. "next step"

"We will study the ruling that comes out and determine what the next steps are because obviously we want gay marriage recognized for all purposes in Ohio," said Gerhardstein, "and this is the first step."

Gerhardstein calls Arthur a crusader for marriage equality. Ohio is urging the court to put the brakes on an issue that could take years to settle.