On Friday, Sept. 2, Emory OUTLaw hosted a panel discussion featuring Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, and Debbie Cenziper, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Obergefell and Cenziper recently released a novel titled Love Wins, which details Obergefell’s involvement as a plaintiff in the landmark same-sex marriage cases that landed before the Supreme Court in 2015.

Obergefell and Cenziper spoke about their new novel before more than 160 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members at Emory Law School. Tara Borelli, a Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal, also joined the conversation to speak about Lambda Legal’s role in litigating Obergefell. Dean Robert Schapiro of Emory Law School moderated the panel discussion, and current OUTLaw President Nicole Schladt opened the floor to the audience for a brief question-and-answer session.

Following the panel, Obergefell and Cenziper signed copies of Love Wins and mingled with the crowd. A huge thank you to generous GALA donors for helping to sponsor Obergefell and Cenziper’s visit to share their powerful story with the Emory community!

(Please find a series of four photos from the event attached below.)


1Dean Robert Schapiro, Debbie Cenziper, Jim Obergefell, OUTLaw President Nicole Schladt, and Tara Borelli.

2Emory Law School Dean Robert Schapiro moderated a panel discussion featuring Tara Borelli, Jim Obergefell, and Debbie Cenziper.

3Members of Emory OUTLaw pose with Jim Obergefell and Debbie Cenziper.

4Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell sign copies of their new novel, Love Wins, for the crowd.

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