WATCH: Rachel Maddow, Frank Rich Think Obama's Inaugural 'Shouted At Supreme Court'

By Sunnivie Brydum

Originally published on January 23 2013 2:38 PM ET

Last night's episode of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show featured the out anchor conjecturing that President Obama's second inaugural speech was a pointed message directed at the Supreme Court justices who are due to rule on marriage equality and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act this summer.

Because the president mentioned the 1969 Stonewall riots alongside major civil rights victories in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and Selma, Ala., Maddow and New York magazine editor at large Frank Rich said his speech was moving and historic, but also aimed directly at the chief justice of the Supreme Court, who Rich believes might be swayed to rule in favor of LGBT equality and find himself on the right side of history.

"I think he's appealing, particularly, to John Roberts," said Rich. "I've always felt … that [Roberts] has, like the president, an eye on history, and his role in it, and his stature within it."

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