Michael J. DeLeon

Title

Michael J. DeLeon

Description

Michael DeLeon and his husband Greg Bourke were the plaintiffs in the Kentucky same-sex marriage case Bourke v. Beshear which later went to the Supreme Court as part of the Obergefell v. Hodges case which ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.

In this interview, Michael DeLeon discusses his childhood in rural Kentucky, his experiences at the University of Kentucky, and his experience coming out as a gay man. He talks about meeting his husband Greg Bourke and their involvement in the same-sex marriage cases Bourke v. Beshear and Obergefell v. Hodges. He discusses the role of religion in his life, his involvement in activism, and his family.

Subject

Gay men--Identity.
Gay adoption.
Gay men--United States--Social conditions.
Gay rights movement
Gay rights--United States.
Gays--Family relationships.
Gays--United States--Social conditions.
Homosexuality--Law and legislation--United States.
Sexual minority parents.
Gay parents.
Gay couples.
Gay men--Legal status, laws, etc.
Gay men--Family relationships--United States.

Format

video

Identifier

2017oh762_lgbtq005

Interviewer

Lance Poston

Interviewee

Michael J. DeLeon

Interview Keyword

Hardin County (Ky.)
Childhood
Education, Higher--Kentucky
University of Kentucky
Coming out (Sexual orientation)
Gay bars
Gay community
Greg Bourke
Marriage equality
Same-sex marriages
Bourke v. Beshear
Obergefell v. Hodges
Religion

Sort Priority

0005

Files

Michael DeLeon.PNG


Citation

“Michael J. DeLeon,” OutSouth: LGBTQ+ Oral History Project, accessed December 11, 2019, https://nunncenter.net/outsouth/items/show/5.