Michelle Obama Supports Marriage Equality So That ‘Everyone Is Equal Under The Law’

In President Obama’s public endorsement of marriage equality, he noted that he arrived at his position partly because he wants to impart the value of equality to his daughters, Sasha and Malia, who have friends with same-sex parents. In Michelle Obama’s statement on marriage equality today — a response to a question posed on Twitter about the Obama family’s discussions surrounding gay marriage — the First Lady echoes these sentiments:

MICHELLE OBAMA: This is an important issue for millions of Americans, and for Barack and me, it really comes down to the values of fairness and equality we want to pass down to our girls. These are basic values that kids learn at a very young age and that we encourage them to apply in all areas of their lives. And in a country where we teach our children that everyone is equal under the law, discriminating against same-sex couples just isn’t right. It’s as simple as that.

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Since Obama came out in public support of same-sex marriage, a growing number of African-American figures and the NAACP have also spoken out in favor of marriage equality.