John M. Becker

Justice Ginsburg: America Is Ready for Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | February 12, 2015 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

In what may be another signal that the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to recognize a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Bloomberg News yesterday that it "would not take a large adjustment" from the American public to a ruling legalizing marriage equality nationwide.

"The change in people's attitudes on that issue has been enormous," Ginsburg said. "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."

Justice Ginsburg's recent actions suggest that she's come to that same place of recognition and affirmation in her own life: since the Windsor decision in 2013, she has officiated at least four same-sex weddings.

The Supreme Court, which granted certiorari last month in the Sixth Circuit marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, is expected to hear oral arguments in late April and issue a decision by the end of June.

Watch Justice Ginsburg's remarks, after the break.

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