At campaign fundraisers for her husband’s re-election yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama emphasized that the Supreme Court justices the President could appoint in a second term could help protect the equal rights of LGBT people:
MICHELLE OBAMA: [L]et us not forget about what it meant when my husband appointed those two magnificent Supreme Court justices. And for the first time in history, our daughters and our sons watched three women take their seat on our nation’s highest court. And let us not forget what their decisions — the impact those decisions will have on our lives for decades to come -– on our privacy and security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly, and, yes, love whomever we choose. But that’s what’s at stake. That’s the choice that we face.
With numerous challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act advancing, as well as the challenge to Proposition 8, it is quite possible the Supreme Court will rule on marriage equality in the next few years.