Fox 2000 has acquired life rights to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that the Supreme Court last month ruled on in June that legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S. His lawyer Al Gerhardstein also sold his life rights. The NYT had this story first this evening. The 20th Century Fox label also nabbed rights to Obergefell and journalist Debbie Cenziper’s book on the case, titled 21 Years To Midnight, which is out to publishers now. Temple Hill will produce. Obergefell is an Ohio real estate agent who married his partner John Arthur in 2013 in Maryland. Arthur died in 2014, but Ohio had previously ruled it would not recognize same-sex marriages, and refused to put Obergefell on his spouse’s death certificate. That triggered the lawsuit.
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