If you currently have almost no communication with the outside world, you may be unaware that this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two landmark decisions about gay marriage.
Striking down both the Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the court’s rulings mean that married gay couples are now eligible for federal benefits, and a ban against same-sex marriage in California is unconstitutional.
No one is happier than the couples at the center of the Prop 8 case, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.
But the festivities on the steps of the Supreme Court turned surreal for the couples when President Obama called—from Air Force One, no less—to congratulate them on a job well done.
The audio is grainy, but in part, the Obama can be heard saying: “We’re proud of you guys. “
At the end of the call, Paul Katami, told the president, “You’re invited to the wedding.”
In his official statement on the end of DOMA, the president said in part:
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.
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