SCOTUS Justice Ruth Ginsberg Advocated for Race, Gender Equality

   Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or better known as the “Notorious RBG”, is well known for being a fierce advocate for race and gender equality.

   She earned a reputation not only for voting on matters of equality but also for some of her dissents. A dissent is when a judge does not concur with the decision of the majority.

   One of her most famous dissents was in the case of “Bush .v. Gore”, in which she disagreed with the supreme court’s decision to not manually recount the votes from Florida, the state that decided the 2000 election. 

  The complaint against the recount was filed by the Bush administration on Dec. 8 2000, after the Supreme Court ruled against the recount.

   The Supreme Court voted in favor of the Bush administration, changing the course of American history, by formally electing President Bush. “How important — and difficult — it is for judges to do what is legally right, no matter what ‘the home crowd’ wants,” said Ginsburg, while discussing judicial independence at The University of Melbourne school of law.   Justice Ginsburg didn’t earn the title “Notorious RGB” for nothing. She was often outspoken about “regressive” opinions. Probably the most famous case she voted in favor of is the case of “Obergefell .v. Hodges, 2015”, which llegalized same sex marriage in all 50 states.

   Ginsburg was a former officiant of same sex weddings advocated for the LGBTQ+ community. Many believed that her outspoken support for LGBTQ+ people, and equal rights, affected popular opinion. 

   Of marriage, she is famously said, “Marriage was a relationship of a dominant male to a subordinate female. That ended as a result of this court’s decision in 1982 when Louisiana’s Head and Master Rule was struck down … Would that be a choice that states should be allowed to have? To cling to marriage the way it once was.”

   Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an advocate for equality for all, reproductive rights, and she was never quiet about it. These viewpoints and attitudes made her a controversial subject in many circles, but no matter how controversial she was, she was still a large part of history and moving the United States towards a more equal and free country. Peace be upon her.