President Obama Calls Chad Griffin to Congratulate Prop 8 Plaintiffs
June 26, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Call from Air Force One Played Live on MSNBC
Calling from Air Force One, President Obama this morning placed a call to HRC President Chad Griffin’s cell phone in order to offer his congratulations to Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo. The call came as Perry and Stier were speaking to Thomas Roberts live on MSNBC. During the call which lasted two minutes and caller ID labeled “unknown,” the President expressed his thanks to the plaintiffs for their courage and determination in returning marriage equality to California.
“We’re proud of you guys, and we’re proud to have this in California," Obama said, according to audio that aired live on MSNBC as the president spoke by phone from aboard Air Force One en route to Senegal. “And it’s because of your leadership things are heading the right way. So you should be very proud today."
The administration had filed a brief in the Perry case arguing for an end to Proposition 8.
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