Chris Geidner over at Metro Weekly thinks a funny thing is happening on the way to the 2012-election forum: Michelle Obama is making a point of including language in her speeches that vaguely woos the LGBT vote.
At multiple events in New York City on Monday, March 19, First Lady Michelle Obama… made reference to the effect that 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.
At a $5,000-a-plate fundraiser hosted by Robert de Niro and his wife Grace Hightower at Tribeca’s Locanda Verde restaurant, Michelle emphasized that Obama-selected Supreme Court judges are hoped to rule favorably on “freedom of love.” Metro quotes her with the following:
“[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. [Applause.]
“But that’s what’s at stake. That’s the choice that we face.”
It does sound like she’s hinting pretty hard at Obama-appointed Supreme Court justices protecting liberty as applied to romantic relationships. It’s also no secret that gay men have an obsession with fierce, fashionable black women (which often results in a condition known as “homoniqua fever”), so she would be a great seductress to sic on us.
Is this wishful thinking on the part of the gay media, or do you think Michelle will woo her LGBTs while Barack continues to evolve in the Darwinian fashion?
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