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Michelle Obama: Supreme Court picks will impact whether Americans can "Love whomever we choose"

NEW YORK -- At multiple events in New York City on Monday, March 19, first lady Michelle Obama -- in campaigning for her husband's re-election -- made reference to the effect that U.S. Supreme Court appointees will have on "whether we can ... love whomever we choose."

Although she did not explicitly mention marriage equality, the possibility of a case raising that issue reaching the Supreme Court has been a regular topic of discussion -- particularly in light of the challenge to California's marriage amendment, Proposition 8, that is currently being considered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. ...

Raising the Supreme Court, according to a White House transcript, she said, "[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.

She then added, "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" -- a line that prompted applause.

"But that's what's at stake," she concluded in that section of her speech. "That's the choice that we face."

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