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Obama calls to congratulate Prop 8 plaintiffs

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"We're proud of you guys, and we're proud to have this in California," Obama said in a call to California gay marriage advocates, placed from Air Force One as he and the first family traveled to Senegal.

"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.

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