Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are having the best day ever… and that was before President Obama personally called them to congratulate the couple on their legal victory.
“We’re proud of you guys, and we’re so glad,” the president said on-air on MSNBC thanks to speaker phone. Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, the two other plaintiffs challenging Prop 8, gathered around Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin’s cell phone as well. In the brief remarks, the president highlighted the couples’ courage, and told them they were “helping out a whole lot of people.”
Earlier, President Obama released a statement, saying, “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
Watch the phone call below — and prepare to tear up when a thrilled Katami jokingly invites President Obama to his upcoming wedding:
If you haven’t had your fill of Great Things Happening In America Today, you can also check out this photo of the president calling Edie Windsor, the plaintiff challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, from aboard Air Force One.