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Gay marriage: John Arthur, Jim Obergefell receive support from community

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CINCINNATI -  

The first gay couple legally recognized by the state of Ohio is experiencing an outpouring of support.

A judge issued the order in July that the out-of-state marriage of John Arthur and Jim Obergefell must be recognized in Ohio.

The Over-the-Rhine-based couple tied the knot on an airport tarmac in Baltimore after receiving donations from friends, family and other connections to cover the cost of a $12,700 chartered, medically-equipped private plane, the New York Daily News reports. They were married in a seven-and-a-half minute ceremony.

Part of the reason for the hasty ceremony has been slowly developing over the past years. That's when Arthur was diagnosed with ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. 

There is no known cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS.

The organization Support Marriage Equality Ohio started a greeting card campaign to support the couple in their personal struggles and as a way to say thank you for the battles they've endured on behalf of others.

To do so, volunteers collected and delivered 200 greetings cards to show their support for the couple. The cards offer well wishings, good luck in their medical battles, congratulations on their court victory and thank you for what they’ve done for couples facing a similar situation.

The group said it hopes to collect at least 1,000 cards. 

A candlelit vigil was held for the couple Saturday evening outside the federal courthouse in downtown Cincinnati.

Greeting cards can be mailed to: Marriage Equality Ohio, Attn: Adam Hoover, 312 Whitewater Drive, Harrison, OH 45030 and more information is available at the campaign’s website: http://ow.ly/nBS0K

You can leave your message of support for the couple in the comment section below.

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