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US First Lady Michelle Obama on why she supports gay marriage

'Discriminating against same-sex couples just isn’t right'

US First Lady Michelle Obama answered a series of questions submitted to her via Twitter on Thursday (31 May) including one about her husband's recent endorsement of gay marriage.

The questioner thanks President Barack Obama for his support and wanted to know about the First Family's discussions about marriage equality.

'For Barack and me, it really comes down to the values of fairness and equality that we want to pass down to our girls,' Mrs. Obama said in a YouTube video. 'I mean, these are basic values that kids learn at a very young age and that we encourage them to apply in all areas of their lives.'

She added: 'In a country where we teach our children that everyone is equal under the law, discriminating against same-sex couples just isn’t right. So it’s as simple as that. … We’re proud to have your support.'

President Obama made history last month by becoming the first sitting US President to support same-sex marriage.

During an interview with ABC News during which he announced his changed view on marriage equality, the US President mentioned the role the couple's two young daughters have had on his evolution.

'Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples,' he said then. 'There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.'

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