Obergefell v. Hodges Marriage Equality Book to Precede Movie

Jim Obergefell - H 2015
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Jim Obergefell - H 2015

21 Years to Midnight, a book about Jim Obergefell, his husband John Arthur and the landmark Supreme Court case that confirmed a national right to marriage for all will be published in June 2016, announced publisher William Morrow, an imprint at HarperCollins

The date is the one-year anniversary of the court ruling.

Fox 2000 recently announced it had acquired the movie rights (and Obergefell life rights) to the project with Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns) producing.

The book will be written by Washington Post reporter Debbie Cenziper, who has known Obergefell for some 20 years — her first husband and Arthur were cousins.

The book will tell the personal love story of Obergefell and Arthur as well the meaning of the decision for the country at large.

Said William Morrow executive editor David Highfill, “Sometimes histories written by the participants can be the most gripping, immediate and moving — and that’s exactly what we have in this book. It’s rare to have a story with such wide cultural and political resonance that can make us cry and cheer at the same time.”

Added Obergefell, “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. This book will tell the story of that unexpected journey from the perspective of our 21-year relationship and the overall marriage equality movement. I'm excited to let people into our lives to better understand how our simple desire to live up to our promises to each other resulted in such a landmark decision.”

Joelle Delbourgo, of Joelle Delbourgo Associates, represented Cenziper and Obergefell on the book deal.