This is arguably the high point of Obama’s entire tenure in office, with the Supreme Court justices he put on the court joining the rest of the liberal wing of the court and Anthony M. Kennedy in a 5-4 decision requiring states to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
It caps an amazing week of high drama for the president — one that, at the start, could have been a disaster if the court had ruled the other way on this case and on the Affordable Care Act subsidies, or if the high-wire act on trade had crashed and burned.
Obama’s own public conversion on same-sex marriage in 2012 aligned his oft-repeated lines about not discriminating against people based on who they love with his actual policy positions. A three-year sprint later, that position is now the law of the land.
The president made a statement at 11 a.m. in the Rose Garden — his second victory lap appearance in as many days. You can read the full transcript at this link. He already tweeted out his approval — in what may become one of the most-retweeted tweets of all time:
He will then head to Charleston, S.C., for a more somber duty — giving the eulogy following the horrific shooting that has roiled the nation and brought lawmakers in both parties together in ways that didn’t quite seem possible even a week ago.
In one week, the Confederate flag has come down across the country, and the rainbow flag of the LGBT community is waving.