We are heartbroken by the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a towering figure in American jurisprudence. Her former colleague, and friend on the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia, called her the Thurgood Marshall of women’s rights. Indeed, she was a champion of equality and justice for all. LeGaL celebrates her legacy and mourns her passing.
As lawyers, we appreciate the pathbreaking road Justice Ginsburg walked as a professor, an ACLU attorney, and as a Supreme Court Justice. Her contribution to the law and the legal profession was profound. During her tenure on the Court, she was in the majority in Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, US v. Windsor, Obergefell v. Hodges, and Bostock v. Clayton County, GA. Her dissenting opinions in cases like Masterpiece Cakeshop and Shelby County v. Holder, which stripped away key protection in the Voting Rights Act, reflected her deep commitment to equality for all people. She was a giant, a warrior, an inspiration, and an icon.
As a community, our rights are once again on the line. Justice Ginsburg gave a voice to marginalized people, and today we need to be heard more than ever. In the coming years, the Supreme Court will decide whether our non-discrimination laws will be swallowed up by religious exemptions, whether we will have access to healthcare, whether the right to vote is protected, and so much more. So our work goes on.
Our thoughts are with all who mourn her profound loss. Our resolve to continue the fight for justice is stronger than ever.