It was an emotional morning across the U.S. as the Defense of Marriage Act was officially repealed by the Supreme Court. Put into place in 1996, the act approved by Congress prevented the federal government from recognizing the validity of same sex marriages in the states where they were legal. DOMA was a huge roadblock in these unions if either partner wanted to receive health care, visit their spouse in the emergency room, or was a recipient of goods, money, or privileges per their deceased spouse’s will.
President Obama has been a very vocal supporter of the LGBT community, and to many viewers’ delight, Obama interrupted a live interview of the plaintiffs on MSNBC to personally congratulate them on their victory. Watch the video below to hear the phone call: