Although she declined to speak about the specifics of any cases coming up on the Supreme Court's docket, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (or Notorious RBG, as she is known in these parts) made it clear she believes America is ready to accept a ruling from SCOTUS asserting same-sex marriage as a constitutional right.
Ginsburg, 81, pointing to what she called a "sweeping change" in the way lesbian and gay Americans have been perceived nationally, said "it would not take a large adjustment" for Americans should the justices find that the constitutional right to a same-sex marriage exists in an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday.
The change in people's attitudes on that issue has been enormous. In recent years, people have said, 'This is the way I am.' And others looked around, and we discovered it's our next-door neighbor — we're very fond of them. Or it's our child's best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that 'this is who I am,' the rest of us recognized that they are one of us.
Much of the recent judicial progress in striking down state same-sex marriage bans has been due to the language used in SCOTUS's ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In that case, Ginsburg joined the majority, and later became the first SCOTUS justice to officiate a same-sex wedding.
As for how long we might be able to see our legal eagle BFF serving on the bench?
I think I should do this job as long as I can do it full steam. When I begin to slow down, I think I will know. It hasn't happened yet.
Awwwwww, yeah. You go, Notorious RBG. Get some.
Screencap via Bloomberg.