Jim Obergefell said this week that he pursued his case challenging Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage because he wanted his marriage to matter.

Obergefell served as lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that found that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

In 2013, he married his late husband John Arthur aboard a medical transport plane parked off a Baltimore, Maryland airport runway. He sued the state of Ohio for refusing to list him as Arthur's surviving spouse on the death certificate. Arthur died of ALS in late 2013.

According to the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University's independent student-run newspaper, Obergefell discussed the case during two campus events this week.

“We simply wanted to spend the rest of John's days as husband and husband,” Obergefell told law students on Monday. “We really wanted our marriage to matter.”

He said that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling overturning a lower court order upset him.

“The decision upset me. It hurt me. It made me angry. I knew I had to keep fighting for John,” he said.

Obergefell was in the courtroom as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy read the court's opinion. He said that he really didn't hear it at first.

“It sunk in that we won, and I burst into tears,” he said. “It was this amazing feeling of 'wow, we really do matter.'”

Obergefell said he would devote himself to lobbying for passage of the Equality Act, a federal bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.