Same-sex marriages were declared legal in the United States in 2015, after five out of nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The ruling was immediately hailed by campaigners as the “victory of love”. At the time that the ruling was made public, the Obamas were having their family dinner in the White House.
Soon, thousands of people gathered outside the Oval Office to celebrate the decision, many shedding tears of joy.
Michelle was eager to go outside and join the celebrations and soak up the atmosphere, but was dissuaded by her husband and youngest daughter, Sasha.
Undeterred, the ex-FLOTUS persuaded her eldest daughter Malia to accompany her and the pair slipped out of the White House and mingled with the celebrating crowd.
Michelle described her escapade, while appearing on the Ellen Show in November 2018.
She told her TV host: “It took 15 minutes to get outside and we stood along with all the cheering crowd.
“Off to the side, mind you, so no one would see us, with security surrounding us.
“And we tried to have our tender mother-daughter moment.
“But we just took it in. I held her tight and my feeling was, we are moving forward.”
She added: “Our health is the thing that will keep us going.
“It’s something that we cannot afford to ignore. Whatever that is for you; it has to happen.”
Michelle recently opened up about how she and Barack were adjusting to life without their children in a heartwarming interview with People.
Malia has been at Harvard since 2017, and then last autumn the Obamas dropped Sasha off at Michigan University.
Michelle told People: “It was of course a little emotional to drop Sasha off.
“But like so many experiences in the past 10 years, we wanted to make it feel as normal as possible.
“So we were there just like most parents, helping her unpack and make her dorm room feel like home.
“But by and large, we let her take care of herself.
“As a parent, one of the most important things we can give our children is the freedom to find their own way in the world.”