By Amie Parnes - 06/26/13 04:16 PM EDT
"And it's because of your leadership things are headed the right way. So you should be very proud today."
"Through your courage, you're helping out a whole lot of people everywhere," Obama continued.
The Supreme Court said procedural issues prevented it from reaching a ruling on the merits of California’s Proposition 8, appearing to clear the way for same-sex marriage to resume in the state.
In the DOMA ruling, the court overturned a section of the law that bars same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits, even if they live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages.
“This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people,” Obama said in reaction to the decision.