I was shocked and heartbroken when I heard the news last night that Notorious RGB (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) has passed away. She was 87 years old and had served on the bench of the highest court in the land since 1993. She was the only the second woman in history to serve on the Supreme Court and was a stalwart for equality and justice her entire career. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by a largely conservative Senate 96-3.
Her passing couldn’t come at a worst time for the country. Her dying wish was to not to be replace by the current administration. She really wanted to retire in 2016, and would have, had Hillary Clinton won the presidency. Her hope was to hang on and hopefully be replaced by Joe Biden next year. With the Supreme Court already leaning right with the appointment of Kavanaugh, I fret that The Donald and his Enablers and Lackeys will force feed yet another conservative nominee. Here is a great quote from Alphonso David, the first African American president of the Human Rights Campaign:
Justice Ginsburg’s influence can be felt in the majority decisions in many landmark LGBTQ civil rights cases, including Romer v. Evans (1996), Lawrence v. Texas (2003), Windsor v. U.S. (2013), Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) and Bostock v. Clayton County (2020). In her private life, Justice Ginsburg has performed many marriage ceremonies between same-sex marriage couples — the first Supreme Court justice to do so.
Justice Ginsburg blazed many trails in her lifetime. She graduated at the top of her class from Columbia Law School, founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU and argued cases of women’s rights before the Supreme Court, helping to pave the way for gender justice and equality in the United States. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980, and was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993, becoming the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign
We have lost so many great leaders and American patriots this year: John McCain, C.T. Vivian, and John Lewis come to mind. Our democracy is under attack and in more danger than ever before in our history. Get woke people. The hard work of saving and protecting all the progress we have made in the last decade just got a lot harder.