Prop 8 Plaintiffs get call from President Obama during MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts
THOMAS ROBERTS, HOST, LIVE WITH THOMAS ROBERTS: I think I see Chad Griffin from the HRC talking on the telephone, which I believe is with President Obama. Chad is right there.
CHAD GRIFFIN, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN: The president is on the line from Air Force one.
ROBERTS: President Obama.
GRIFFIN: Go ahead.
KRIS PERRY, PLAINTIFF, HOLLINGSWORTH V. PERRY: Hello, Mr. President this is Kris Perry.
SANDY STIER, PLANTIFF, HOLLINGSWORTH V. PERRY: And Sandy Stier, and we thank you so much for your support.
BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We're proud of you guys, and we're proud (ph) to have this in California. And it's because (ph) of your leadership (ph) things are heading the right way (ph). So you should be very proud today. And, you know, you're -- through your courage, you’ve helped out a lot of people (ph) everywhere (ph).
GRIFFIN: Thank you, Mr. President!
OBAMA: I hope you (ph) have a great celebration (ph).
GRIFFIN: Well, thank you, and while we celebrate today, we know we've got to roll up our sleeves and get to work for those in the 37 states that didn't get marriage equality today. But we're well on our way. And thank you for your leadership.
PAUL KATANI: You're invited to the wedding.
JEFF ZARRILLO: Thank you, Mr. President.
PERRY: Thank you.
The President’s first phone call was to Edie Windsor— the plaintiff in United States v. Windsor in the Defense of Marriage Act.
According to the White House: “The President congratulated her on this victory, which was a long time in the making, said he was heartened by the Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of DOMA so that loving, committed couples could enjoy full equality under the law. And, he said, that it is fitting that this historic ruling should come today, just 10 years after the Court struck down laws making same-sex relationships illegal in Lawrence v. Texas.”