As U.S. attorney general as well as earlier in his legal career, Eric Holder was an eminently reliable ally of LGBT Americans. In his role as attorney general, heading the federal Department of Justice, he carried out the Obama administration's directive to cease defending the Defense of Marriage Act, and last year, before the Supreme Court ruled for nationwide marriage equality, he wrote an opinion column saying "the time has come" for such a development, and the Justice Department filed a friend of the court brief in the case, arguing on the side of equality. He also ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in banning discrimination based on sex, bans discrimination based on gender identity. And he denounced the Boy Scouts of America's gay-exclusionary policy, which the organization has now repealed. Before he was attorney general, a post he held from 2009 to 2015, he was a civil rights lawyer with an excellent record on LGBT issues. And as a deputy attorney general in President Clinton's administration, he argued for expansion of federal hate-crimes law, something that finally came to fruition during Obama's presidency. Sources have already speculated that he's on Obama's shortlist for Supreme Court; nobody knows for sure who's on it except the president and his closest associates. But it's clear that Holder would fill the bill as an "ally" pick.