One year ago Obama had just come out for gay marriage, and now he's a big cheerleader. But in 2011, he took the most important step of his presidency in paving the way for Wednesday's DOMA ruling.
It was barely a year ago that President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage – and only after a big, awkward nudge from Vice President Biden. On Wednesday, following victories for same-sex marriage rights in two Supreme Court cases, Mr. Obama was the lead cheerleader, issuing reactions in rapid succession.
First, in a quick tweet put out under Obama’s name by his group Organizing for Action, he called the decision striking down a key portion of DOMA – the Defense of Marriage Act – “a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality.”
Then Obama placed two congratulatory calls from Air Force One, en route to Africa. He spoke to Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case, then to the plaintiffs and others involved in the challenge to Proposition 8 – the 2008 referendum that banned gay marriage in California. The ruling, which dismissed the appeal on jurisdictional grounds, will allow gay marriages to resume in the state.