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Ohio street named after John Arthur and Jim Obergefell

Street unveiled in Cincinnati honoring the couple who helped legalize marriage equality across the US.
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John Arthur & Jim Obergefell are historic figures in the LGBT community, and now they have been immortalized in the City of Cincinnati.

The couple has been honored with a street which bears their names, after City Councilmembers voted unanimously for the change on Wednesday.

The marker is especially significant, not only because we are coming up on the second-year anniversary of marriage equality, but John and Jim had lived on the road, previously named Mercer Street, before John passed away.

The street is now named "John Arthur & Jim Obergefell Way."

Jim was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case which led to the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015.

"John always wanted to leave a mark on Cincinnati," Obergefell said Wednesday. "That was something he really wanted to do. He didn't have that chance, but now he does. I'm incredibly grateful and I know John would be as well."

San Diego had its own first when it came to honoring LGBT heroes with street names.

Back in May 2012, a two-block stretch of road leading to the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) was named after openly gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk.