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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Marriage Equality Demonstrates 'Genius' of the Constitution

Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the recent same-sex marriage rulings demonstrate the "genius" of the U.S. Constitution, in a talk in Philadelphia last night, the AP reports:

Wedding_ginsburgGinsburg said equality has always been central to the Constitution, even if society has only applied it to minorities — be they women, blacks or gays — over time.

"So I see the genius of our Constitution, and of our society, is how much more embracive we have become than we were at the beginning," Ginsburg said in a far-ranging discussion of her work at the National Constitution Center, steps from the nation's founding at Independence Hall.

And as far as judicial activism goes, Ginsburg had more to say:

Ginsburg criticized her majority colleagues for what she called "activist" decisions that overturned laws better understood by Congress, such as the Voting Rights Act, which had been extended by a series of bipartisan presidents, most recently George W. Bush.

"That's an example of striking down legislation on a subject that the people in the political arena are better informed about than the court is," she said.

Ginsburg became the first Supreme Court Justice to officiate at a same-sex marriage last week.

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  1. I wish she were 20 years younger so she could serve a lot longer.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 7, 2013 4:40:07 PM

  2. Love her but she needs to retire now while there is a Democrat in office. 2016 is not a sure thing and if her seat if then filled by a Republican president a majority conservative court could undo everything she stood for. Imagine the damage if her seat were filled by another Scalia.

    Posted by: terry | Sep 7, 2013 6:07:24 PM

  3. justice ginsburg is a mensch. she should serve as long as she desires and is able. pushing her out is ageism.

    Posted by: m | Sep 7, 2013 6:56:51 PM

  4. @ TERRY :
    I hear you and understand your important point.
    But we have Sandra Day O'Connor's example of a fairly liberal Justice who retired unnecessarily to be replaced by a nutcase.
    We need Ginsberg, she is just a fighting dynamo, a spirited scrapper, maybe that's what mensch means, "M",..........

    We have to have faith in the electorate, (difficult though that can be sometimes,) we have to believe that Hillery will make it in 2016 and that Scalia will die slowly and painfully and be replaced by a non lawyer such as the Senator from Vermont, Bernie Saunders.
    We are stuck with the two faced, conniving Alito for a long time; we must neutralize his forelock tugging self satisfaction until he becomes marginalized.
    As for Justice Thomas.....well, who gives a $hit.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 7, 2013 7:51:01 PM

  5. The definitions of mensch I found were 1. a person of integrity or honor and 2. someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character.

    Oddly the opposite was also defined as a Scalia, Alito, or Thomas.

    Posted by: m | Sep 7, 2013 8:35:26 PM

  6. jackfkntwist

    I agree Justice Ginsburg is also a fighting dynamo and spirited scrapper. She has a lot of courage and spirit. A fine example of a good human being who cares.

    Posted by: m | Sep 7, 2013 8:41:55 PM

  7. And the way they have sex is "genius" as well.

    Posted by: Mole | Sep 7, 2013 11:44:12 PM

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