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Jim Obergefell lands book deal after SCOTUS gay marriage ruling

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It’s been a month since SCOTUS ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, and now the plaintiff in the landmark case has landed a book deal. Jim Obergefell will collaborate with Washington Post journalist Debbie Cenziper to write 21 Years To Midnight.

The Associate Press broke the news, and reported that Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, will publish the book and plans a June release to celebrate the ruling’s anniversary. The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, followed Obergefell’s attempt to get his name listed as the “surviving spouse” for his late husband, John Arthur. The two were married in Maryland but same-sex marriage was illegal in Ohio, where Obergefell lived.

“When John and I made the decision to stand up for our marriage and the commitments we’d made, we did so with no thought about where our fight might take us,” Obergefell said in a statement to AP. “This book will tell the story of that unexpected journey from the perspective of our 21-year relationship and the overall marriage equality movement.”

Fox acqired the film rights to 21 Years To Midnight earlier this month, and Wyck Godfrey (The Fault in Our Stars) and Marty Bowen will produce.

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