Jim Obergefell, one of the plaintiffs who brought the case that led to Friday’s historic ruling, was on the steps of the Supreme Court to receive a phone call of congratulations from Barack Obama.
Mr Obergefell lost his husband, John Arthur, two year ago. Because same-sex marriage was banned in Ohio, he had flown his then very ill partner in a medically-equipped plane to Maryland to marry.
On Friday, Mr Obergefell was present at the court to savour his bitter-sweet victory and to receive a call from President Obama to offer his congratulations. Mr Obergefell place his mobile on speaker phone for the call.
Video of President Obama's congratulatory call to plaintiff Jim Obergefell: http://t.co/TJt4CS7KIU— meta (@metaquest) June 26, 2015
“Your leadership on this has changed the country,” Mr Obama told him.
Mr Obergefell responded: “I really appreciate that, Mr President. It has really been an honour for me.”
Mr Obama then said: “I’m really proud of you. Not only have you been a great example for people but you’re going to bring a lot of lasting change in the country. I could not be prouder of you and your husband. God bless you.”