With the Supreme Court mulling over whether to consider marriage-equality cases, it’s worth taking a moment to think about who President Romney would be appointing to the Court.
There’s the possibility of at least one and probably more justices stepping down over the next four years, among them Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a reliable liberal justice (by the Court’s relative standards, anyway).
Now, for most voters, the Supreme Court falls somewhere between the National Park Service and the Post Office as a motivating political factor in the presidential race. However, appointees to the Court are around a lot longer than the presidents who appoint them and craft the shape of law for years (and decades) to come. And Romney’s likely list includes would-be nominees who have a track record of opposing gay rights:
These three are named frequently as Romney’s likely choices, but like a judicial version of Oscar nominees, you can come up with your own list. The main point is that conservatives will be looking for Romney to prove his fealty by giving them someone who shares their beliefs. And as the court has proven of late, it doesn’t take its own precedents all that seriously. It may not just be marriage equality that’s up for grabs at the Court. It could also be anti-discrimination measures. Think about that on Election Day.
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