It was a different time and a very different presidency. In 2015, the Supreme Court decided that marriage equality would become the law of the land, that LGBTQ Americans could marry whomever they chose to love, and brought the country one step closer to fulfilling its promises that all Americans are to be treated equally.
Later that same night, the White House lit up in beautiful rainbow colors, celebrating the huge victory decades in the making. For advocates of LGBTQ rights, that sight marked an overwhelming win after years of violence, abuse, discrimination, and court battles. It was a sight to behold.
On Friday night, former First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated that win on Twitter. In her bestselling book, Becoming, Obama described the feeling of that night in the White House and a sweet moment of fun she shared with her daughter, Malia.
‘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. It had taken us 10 minutes to get out of our own home, 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. Malia and I leaned into each other, happy to have found our way there.’
Twitter was delighted by the reminder of that wonderful night and told Michelle Obama just how much they missed her. Read some of their comments below:
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