'The Onion' Predicted Jim Obergefell's Landmark Gay Marriage Movie — Years Before Gay Marriage Was Universally Accepted

The Onion is always wrong — technically. That's what you get, after all, for being a satirical news site. But after hearing about the upcoming film about the Supreme Court's landmark marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges, I can't help but think back to the time when The Onion predicted the future with uncanny accuracy.

Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case that formally legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, is reportedly writing an autobiographical book about his life and journey to the steps of the Supreme Court. Tentatively titled 21 Years to Midnight, the book will detail Obergefell's life with his late partner of 21 years, John Arthur, and the lawsuit Obergefell filed against the state of Ohio, who refused to recognize Arthur and Obergefell as married. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that a division of 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, has already purchased the rights to Obergefell's book. Hollywood's intent, according to The New York Times, is to make an accessible mainstream film in the likes of Philadelphia or perhaps, for a more recent comparison, Milk.

But little does Hollywood or The New York Times know that The Onion predicted this big-budget, action-packed, heart-string-tugging studio fare two years ago. Two years!


Let's revisit June 2013, a time when gay marriage was legal in barely one dozen states. Following the Supreme Court ruling striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, The Onion released an article with this prophetic headline: "Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito Suddenly Realize They Will Be Villains In Oscar-Winning Movie One Day."

The Onion wrote:

And continued with this beautiful (and beautifully fake) quote:

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OK, so The Onion may have been off on one major detail — the upcoming, potentially successful, crowd-pleasing, award-winning film will not be about the DOMA case. There's also no guarantee that Paul Dano will finally get his Oscar nomination by playing a "gay rights crusader," and it's unconfirmed at the this time if George Clooney is playing one of the attorneys (though I could totally see Clooney taking on the role of Obergefell).

But The Onion was right about some of the most important roles in the film: Scalia, Roberts, Thomas and Alito definitely fit the roles of the villains. And the heroes? Well, we all know those badass, justice-seeking roles belong to Kennedy, Kagan, Sotomayor, and Notorious R.B.G.

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