Michelle Obama Says She and Malia Snuck Out of White House to Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Legalization

In her new book, Michelle Obama tells a heartwarming story about the time that she and her daughter snuck out of the White House to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage.

In her new book, “Becoming,” Michelle Obama tells a sweet story about the night that same-sex marriage became legal nationwide. “We made our way down a marble staircase and over red carpets, around the busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and past the kitchen until suddenly we were outdoors,” she recalled.

“Malia and I just busted past the agents on duty, neither one of us making eye contact … The humid summer air hit our faces. I could see fireflies blinking on the lawn. And there it was, the hum of the public, people whooping and celebrating outside the iron gates,” she continued.

At the time Malia was 16. Michelle said that it took them just 10 minutes to sneak out of the White House that night.

“But we’d done it. We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride,” she said.

On June 26, 2015, the night that the Supreme Court decision was announced, the White House was lit up in rainbow colors symbolizing the gay pride flag. And thousands of people gathered outside of the gates to celebrate.

“Malia and I leaned into each other, happy to have found our way there.”

Michelle told Ellen DeGeneres this week that when she saw all of the people celebrating the landmark decision she just knew that she wanted to be a part of that.


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