The U.S. Supreme Court's newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, was elevated to the high court by the narrowest margin in 222 years.
But his appointment gives the court a conservative majority that could last for decades.
That majority could make an impact on three major issues that appear destined for the Supreme Court: abortion rights, the DACA program for Dreamers, and employment rights for gay and lesbian citizens.
All could reach the court by the end of its current term next June:
More than a dozen abortion cases are working their way through lower courts. Any one of them could reach the Supreme Court. The issues are diverse: parental consent, limits on abortion clinics and a ban on certain procedures. None would directly challenge the legality of court's Roe vs Wade decision.
President Donald Trump's quest to end the deferred action program for Dreamers has taken a bumpy road to the court.
Four DACA-related lawsuits are in the pipeline. One of them could reach the court next spring. Meantime, Dreamers can continue to renew their permits to remain in the United States.