President Obama ended his final State of the Union by taking a parting shot at homophobia, political maneuvering, and going for it on fourth and long, possibly.
“That’s the America I know. That’s the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Undaunted by challenge. Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word,” he said, after outlining his priorities for his final year in office. “That’s what makes me so hopeful about our future.”
Two big players in the fight over equality were in attendance. Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the landmark gay rights decision Obergefell v. Hodges, was a guest of the president. Kim Davis, the felonious Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was also in the building after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) gave her his ticket.