Press Room

June 26, 2013

Category: Marriage

President Obama Calls HRC President Chad Griffin and Prop 8 Plaintiffs to Offer Congratulations

Call from Air Force One Played Live on MSNBC

WASHINGTON – 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."

Watch the call here: http://youtu.be/T3uXbMJftBc

The administration had filed a brief in the Perry case arguing for an end to Proposition 8.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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