The president’s eldest daughter is publicly backing gay marriage in the United States, despite her father’s opposition.
The president is a big supporter of same-sex marriage and has spoken out on issues related to the issue, including his support for California voters who approved Proposition 8 in 2008.
In an interview with ABC News, Sasha Obama said she and her dad were inspired to support gay rights when they read about the “hundreds of thousands” of same sex couples living together in their hometowns in California and elsewhere.
“We thought, if we can make the world a better place, we’ll do it together,” she said.
The Obama family and their family, including their daughter, Michelle, live in Washington D.C. “I’ve been told by my father, my stepfather, my sister that we’ve had some really great days,” Sasha Obama told ABC News.
“He was a little bit more of a skeptic than me about it, but he always said, ‘You know what, if you don’t like it, that’s fine, we don’t care.’
And that’s exactly what he’s doing now.”
Obama said he would “support” the federal government in implementing a marriage equality bill, adding that the White House is “still in a process” on a marriage amendment.
“If they [government officials] want to move forward, then I’m going to support them,” he said.
“But I want to be very clear that I think the country has moved forward, and we have to continue to move on.”
The Obama administration is still working on the legislation and has yet to release its plan to implement it.
Sasha Obama’s support of gay marriage is just the latest in the family’s support for the LGBT community.
Her mother, Michelle Obama, and brother, Josh, have also spoken out against the Republican-led federal government’s repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The Obamas are the first family to publicly come out in support of marriage equality, following the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v.
Hodges in June 2015.
The ruling legalized same-gender marriage across the U.S., and the Obamas have long been outspoken in their support for LGBT rights.
Sasha is a sophomore at Yale University, where she has been active in student groups and has previously said that she will use her scholarship funds to help pay for her college tuition.
She is a regular speaker at student events, and the couple has become close friends.
Sasha was named the 2015 U.N. Women’s Ambassador for Women and Peaceful Coexistence, which has given her a platform to advocate for the rights of women and girls around the world.
“She is an extraordinary person who will be a role model for the world, and it is really important for us to see that she has a voice,” Michelle Obama said in a statement about Sasha’s nomination.
“In addition to leading the UNA-Womens Campaign for Peaceful coexistence and promoting gender equality, Sasha is also the first openly lesbian First Lady of the United Nations.
She has devoted her life to working toward a more just world, where everyone has the right to live according to their own ethical and moral compass, and where we all have a voice in the political process.”
The Obams are expected to officially announce the president’s nomination of Sasha at the State of the Union address in January.