- The Washington Times - Friday, June 26, 2015

Before President Obama hailed Friday’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage as a “victory for America” in a Rose Garden speech, he personally phoned one of the plaintiffs, Jim Obergefell, to congratulate him.

“I just want to say congratulations,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Obergefell in a conversation broadcast on CNN shortly after 11 a.m. “Your leadership on this changed the country.”

“I really appreciate that, Mr. President,” Mr. Obergefell responded. “It’s really been an honor for me to be involved in this fight and to have been able to…fight for my marriage and live up to my commitments to my husband, so I appreciate everything you’ve done for the LGBT community and it’s really an honor to have become part of that fight.”

Mr. Obergefell’s husband John died 20 months ago of ALS, and they had wanted the state of Ohio to recognize their Maryland marriage.

“Well, I’m really proud of you, and just know that not only have you been a great example for people, but you’re also going to … bring about a lasting change in this country. It’s pretty rare [when] that happens,” Mr. Obama said. “So I couldn’t be prouder of you and your husband. God bless you.”

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