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Michelle Obama and daughter Malia snuck out of the White House to celebrate same-sex marriage with campaigners

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Michelle Obama and daughter Malia snuck out of the White House to celebrate same-sex marriage becoming legal in America in 2015.

The US Supreme Court declared that refusing to allow same-sex marriage would violate the constitution on 26 June 2015.

Three years after the ruling – which came in the Obergefell v Hodges case – former first lady Michelle Obama admitted she took her then-16-year-old daughter Malia out to join in the celebrations.

Writing about the evening in her new book, Becoming, Michelle Obama said: “We made our way down the marble staircase and over red carpets, around the busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and past the kitchen until suddenly we were outdoors.

“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.”

Michelle Obama added: “It had taken us ten 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 ouf 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.”

Ellen DeGeneres

Michelle Obama also opened up about the night in a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US.

She told Ellen: “Thousands of people were gathering in front of the White House at that time to celebrate, and my staff was calling me, everybody was celebrating, people were crying, and I thought, ‘I want to be in that.’

“Also, we had worked to make sure that the White House was lit up in the LGBT colours.”

Obama continued: “It was beautiful. We stood along with the cheering crowd, off to the side, mind you, so no one would see us, with security surrounding us, and we tried to have our tender mother-daughter moment, but we just took it in.

“I held her tight, and my feeling was, we are moving forward. Change is happening.”

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