Is First Lady Michelle Obama nudging President Barack Obama to endorse gay marriage?

Appearing at multiple events in New York City on Monday to campaign for her husband's reelection, Mrs. Obama referenced the effect recent Supreme Court appointees would have on “whether we can … love whomever we choose,” gay weekly Metro Weekly reported.

The first lady did not mention marriage equality explicitly, but the suggestion was unquestionable. Several cases challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, are currently on appeal.

“[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 sons watched three women take their seat on our nation's highest court,” she told a crowd of about 85 supporters at an event hosted by actor Robert de Niro and wife Grace Hightower.

“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.”

The president has said that he supports recognizing gay and lesbian couples with civil unions and that he is “evolving” on marriage.

Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, said that Mrs. Obama was “absolutely right that we need to do everything we can to maximize our chances of winning there [the Supreme Court.]”

“Who sits on the Court makes a big difference, as does the momentum for marriage we build to create the climate around the Court, which matters as much or more as the briefs we file. That's why we must urgently work to win more states and continue moving hearts and minds – and why we need our leaders to join us all in making the case as effectively in the court of public opinion as our advocates do in the court of law.”