Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on same-sex and equality

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Courtesy: ForaTv YouTube)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On the first day of its new term, the Supreme Court decided to stay out of the debate on same-sex marriage. That means the lack of a decision made same-sex marriages legal in about half of the United States — and unrecognized in the rest of the states. The justices provided no further explanation for their decision.

That decision is also likely the reason that a video of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is trending. In September 2013, she became the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a gay marriage. Upworthy says, “That was kind of a big deal, and she knew it.”

In the video, Ginsburg speaks about the word “equality” itself and where it appears in the U.S. Constitution. She points out an interesting fact, amid all of the discussion about equality in the same-sex sphere.

“And yet, you can read every page of your pocket constitution. You will not find — in the original constitution — you will not find the word ‘equal’ or ‘equality,’ even though it was the main theme of the Declaration of Independence,” said Ginsburg. “So, the word ‘equal’ becomes part of the Constitution in the 14th Amendment. So I see the genius of our Constitution — and as our society — is how much more embracive we have become than we were at the beginning.”

 

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