Michelle Obama says she snuck out of White House to celebrate gay marriage legalization
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBudowsky: Bloomberg-Obama or Klobuchar-Kennedy? The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Obamas share messages wishing each other happy Valentine's Day MORE said she and her daughter snuck out of the White House to celebrate the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S.

“We made our way down a marble staircase and over red carpets, around the busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and past the kitchen until suddenly we were outdoors,” Obama recalls in her new book, “Becoming.

“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,” Obama continued.


The former first lady added that it took Malia, then 16, and her just 10 minutes to exit the White House. 

"But we’d done it. We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride," she said. Following the decision, the White House was lit up in rainbow colors symbolizing the LGBT pride flag.

"Malia and I leaned into each other, happy to have found our way there.”

The Supreme Court delivered a monumental ruling on June 26, 2015, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. The decision drew thousands of people to gather outside the White House to celebrate. 

Obama recalled on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday that she heard so much about the celebration at the time, "and I thought, ‘I want to be in that.’ ”

The former first lady is currently promoting her new book, "Becoming," on a 10-city book tour.

Obama touches on a variety of subjects in the book, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE's attacks against former President Obama.