When John Arthur, an ALS patient of Crossroads Hospice in Over-the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio since March of this year and his partner of twenty years, Jim Obergefell, heard that the US Supreme Court had struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act, they decided to get married. As you probably know, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS is a progressive neurological disease that robs patients of their ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe. Since same sex marriage is illegal in the state of Ohio they had to get married in another state where it was legal, but this presented a lot of difficulties for the couple as John was bedridden and they needed medical transportation to the closest state that met their needs.
John and Jim decided on a destination wedding in Maryland, the closest state, but the cost of transportation by plane was much more than they could afford. Their relatives, friends and former co-workers worked the phones and raised the $12,000 needed for a plane outfitted with a nurse, two pilots trained in emergency medicine and Arthur’s aunt, Paulette Roberts, an ordained minister who performed the ceremony on the tarmac of Signature Flight Support at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
To read the full heartwarming and uplifting story, here’s a link to the article in the Cincinnati Enquirer