In July of this year, John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, together for 20 years, decided that they wanted to marry after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. Arthur, however, is terminally ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which made travel out of their home state of Ohio, where a same sex marriage ban is still in effect, extremely difficult.
Donations came pouring in through social media, however, until they were able to cover the cost of a private plane charter to Maryland, where they were married right on the tarmac. Ohio Judge Timothy S. Black subsequently ordered the state to recognize the marriage of Arthur Obergefell.
In response, Ohio Rep. John Becker, (R-Union Township) is demanding Black's impeachment.
In a letter to Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Becker wrote that he was "writing you today to express my concerns about the federal government’s ever growing propensity to violate state sovereignty.
"Judge Black has demonstrated his incompetence by allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence. This will begin the process of restoring state sovereignty back to the original intent of the US Constitution."
If only restoring John Becker's humanity were as easy.
Wenstrup responded that, while he also disagreed with the decision, "the question of whether this decision also violated the U.S. Constitution remains before a higher court."
Given that this was the same court which recognized the DOMA as unconstitutional, it's fair enough there is little hope for Becker's last-minute attempt to prevent a dying man from having any peace.