From the White House Rose Garden, President Obama said that the social progress sometimes comes in small steps, "and then there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt."
In the landmark decision, the court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Justice Anthony Kennedy, delivering the majority opinion, wrote that same-sex couples should "not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
The lead plantiff in the case, James Obergefell of Ohio, was being interviewed on CNN when the President called to congratulate him.