At a fundraiser at Chelsea Piers yesterday evening, First Lady Michelle Obama urged supporters to back her husband’s re-election bid because his Supreme Court picks will allow succeeding generations to “love whomever they choose.”
While not expressly mentioning the legalization of same-sex marriage, it is hard not to read Ms. Obama’s comments as anything other than putting more pressure on the president to publicly endorse gay marriage.
President Obama has said that his views on the matter are “evolving,” but pressure from allies has been increasing, including among New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who said has pushed for a marriage equality in the platform of the Democratic National Committee.
Ms. Obama made the comments yesterday in the context of explaining to the 400 or so attendees at the bowling fundraiser that Mr. Obama has already had a large impact on the shape of the Supreme Court–by appointing two females justices, for example.
“Let’s not forget what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices, and for the first time in history, our daughters and our sons watched three women take their seats on our nation’s highest court,” Ms. Obama said. “But more importantly, let’s not forget the impact their decisions will have on our children’s lives for decades to come — on their privacy and security; on whether they can speak freely, worship openly, and love whomever they choose. But that is what’s at stake. That’s the choice that we’re working for.”
Several states have already passed same-sex marriage laws, but the future of marriage equality is thought to reside with the Supreme Court, especially after a California State of Appeals court struck down that state’s gay marriage ban.