Fox Plans Movie About Same-Sex Marriage Case Plaintiff

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision - H 2015
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Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision - H 2015

It has acquired rights to the story of Jim Obergefell as well as an upcoming book '21 Years to Midnight.'

Fox is planning to bring to the screen the story of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which led to the Supreme Court ruling finding a fundamental right to same-sex marriage in the United States.

The studio has acquired Obergefell’s life rights as well as those of his attorney Al Gerhardstein.

Additionally, it has acquired the rights to a book that Debbie Cenziper, a journalist at The Washington Post, is writing with Obergefell, which will be titled 21 Years to Midnight: The Promise that Brought Marriage Equality to America.

The project will be produced through the studio’s Fox 2000 unit, with Temple Hill Entertainment partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, whose credits range from the Twilight movies to The Fault in Our Stars, producing.

Obergefell and his late husband John Arthur were a longtime couple, who, since they could not marry in their home state, married in Maryland in 2013, shortly before Arthur died of ALS. Because Ohio refused to list Obergefell as Arthur's surviving spouse on Arthur's death certificates, Obergefell took his case to court, where it eventually found its way to the Supreme Court.

The New York Times first reported the news of Fox's acquisition.