Barack Obama selected his first Supreme Court nominee today picking Sonia Sotomayor from New York to replace retiring Justice David Souter. I am very happy with this pick. She will be the first Latino to sit on the court if approved and yet another barrier will be broken. This is certainly emblematic of the change that he promised throughout his campaign.
Unfortunately, the California State Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the gay marriage ban of prop 8 last November. Marriage equality will come but it will take some time. However, I sympathize with the LGBT community that has been fighting hard for this for a long time.