Even though Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a scathing dissent from the ruling that made marriage equality the law of the land, the named plaintiff in that case has responded to Scalia’s death with sympathy and respect.
Thank you for your service to our country, Justice Scalia. Condolences to your family and friends. https://t.co/ajadxZ5EQ6
— Jim Obergefell (@JimObergefell) February 13, 2016
Obergefell had sued to have his home state of Ohio recognize his marriage to John Arthur, who died of ALS in 2013. The Ohio case was consolidated with cases from Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee for the Supreme Court hearing, which resulted in the June 26 pro-equality ruling.
Numerous Twitter users responded to Obergefell’s tweet with compliments. Here are just a few examples:
— Patricia Adams (@clover0310) February 13, 2016
@JimObergefell You are one class act to say that given he tried to rule against you. Mad respect for your comment.
— Margrethe (@lorylady) February 13, 2016
@JimObergefell thank you for reminding me how to be gracious. If you, of all people, can show this respect, we all can and I promise to try
— Pam Pochel (@pochelp) February 13, 2016
— Born2Rezist (@Born2Rezist) February 13, 2016
@JimObergefell You are a class act. Thank you for setting this tone; I hope it is echoed.
— Valarie (@Valarie_70) February 13, 2016
@JimObergefell Hate should not be the way of those who believe in equality. Thank you.
— Some Guy (@dorpdx) February 14, 2016
@JimObergefell You're an incredibly classy man. I appreciate your tact & grace, & I wish more people in this world would show that.
— Nathaniel (@Hoosier2012) February 14, 2016
@JimObergefell You are quite a mensch!
— Peter Fox (@peterfox1022) February 14, 2016