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Ohio Gay Marriage Plaintiff Backs Strickland

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Gay marriage plantiff James Obergefell supports former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland against Senator Rob Portman in next year's Senate race.

The lead plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that led to legal gay marriage nationwide is endorsing the Democratic challenger to Ohio senator Rob Portman, despite Portman's dramatic position reversal in favor of same-sex unions.

James Obergefell  told The Associated Press Monday he has decided to back former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in next year's closely watched U.S. Senate contest.

Obergefell said he appreciates Portman's support for marriage equality but disagrees with his position that the issue should be decided state-by-state. He said Strickland and the Democrats also align with him on other issues such as anti-discrimination laws and opposing conversion therapy.

Strickland still must win his party's nomination to face Portman, who alienated some conservatives with his 2014 decision to support gay marriage after learning a son is gay.