For Joe Hooper, it was a moment of glee accompanied by grief. Eight years ago, Hooper, the head pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living Palm Desert, cast a ballot for Barack Obama, proud to support a man he believed represented the best of America — diversity, inclusion, progress and change.
But as the nation elected Obama, Californians also voted to pass Proposition 8, which barred same-sex couples from marrying.
“It was difficult.… It was a celebration for Obama, but also a reality check that the fight continues,” Hooper recalled. “The president has mostly been right there in the fight.”
That fight often ended in success, and Hooper’s life now is...