Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Supreme Court To Address DOMA This Session

Speaking yesterday at a conference at the University of Colorado, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she believed the Supreme Court would address the Defense of Marriage Act when they reconvene for the fall.

The subject arose when a student asked whether or not the Constitution’s equal-protections clause applied to sexual orientation. Ginsburg smiled and said she couldn’t answer that because, “it’s most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term.”

Passed in 1996, the law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriages has been declared unconstitutional in several federal cases now potentially before the justicesHollingsworth v. Perry, A Prop 8 test case, could get the nod, as could Brewer v. Diaz, which addresses whether same-sex spouses of state employees can be denied benefits.

Ginsburg, 79, was at the event to encourage women to enter the legal profession. She spoke humorously of the scarcity of women’s bathrooms at Columbia University in the 1950s, when she was there studying law: “We never complained. That’s just the way it was.”

No disrespect, Justice Ginsburg, but we’re complaining. This is not just the way it is.

Source: AP, Photo: Steve Petteway


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  • jeff4justice

    Remember, Democrats helped vote in Alito and Roberts to the Supreme Court.

    Just another reason I am not wasting my vote on the 2party system charade anymore.

  • jacknasty

    “No disrespect, Justice Ginsburg, but we’re complaining. This is not just the way it is.”

    What is that even supposed to mean?

  • Dakotahgeo

    @jeff4justice: Then remember, you have no right to complain when things aren’t going your way! Better get out and vote, Kiddo!

  • Dakotahgeo

    @jacknasty: Sorry, but you just disrespected her! Times change, loco yokel! Wait until you’re 79, then we’ll check back with you… if you’re lucky enough to get that far.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Dakotahgeo: This was aimed at Dan Avery. He should know better!! Sorry, jacknasty.

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  • Dakotahgeo

    @jeff4justice: LOLOL… yeah, but noboy will pay you any attention and that would really be frustrating for you!


    Being black, left-handed or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return … it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two guys or two girls — all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

    The evil writings in Leviticus 18:22 … against gays – depict: “P” … “priestly rules” & expanded by the pope; homophobes and religious frauds … to attack the gay community and never meant to apply to the public — but to priests. Leviticus was written long after Moses — 600BC.

    There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the cross related bogus elements of christianity and other religions. Our early human ancestors; on this earth … go back more than 6 million years … 5,996,000 years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews. Christianity is basically a 2012 year old fictional cult.
    In the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went on to fabricate & market Christianity!
    Christianity is a fantasy; which turned out to be one of the most hateful & evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.

    It is written; so therefore it shall be? We are the chosen people? Such a wicked fantasy. To see the religious lunatics manipulate government and our lives is shameful.

    The pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to priests only … refuse to remove this stigma … maliciously persecuting gays. Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

  • andy_d

    Any judge, who has any common sense – and, in my opinion, Associate Justice Ginsburg has lots of it, unlike at least three of her male counterparts who will remain nameless – will not make a comment on a case that may be heard in their courtroom. To make a comment would violate the spirit, if not the letter, of impartiality.

    By keeping her own counsel, she is denying our opposition a possible weapon with which to attack us and our rights.

  • JosephHill


    You folks are so caught-up in this “two”-party system that you consider it to be ‘sacred’ and written in stone. As long as people accept this ‘Lesser Evilism’ electoral strategy, We The People will be stuck with it. Stop berating those who want GENUINE ‘Change’!

    BTW….why do you assume that Jeff4Justice won’t vote? This just proves the point of how hopelessly indoctrinated you are. There WILL be other candidates on the ballot (if they can make it over the hurdles that your sacrosanct “two” parties collude to place in their way!). I plan to vote for Jill Stein (the Green Party candidate that the Mainstream Media don’t even acknowledge). I consider voting to be a civic duty…I’m NOT going to be so dishonest as to cast it for either of the corporate-approved candidates who do NOT represent my conscientious interests. If my ballot doesn’t list the candidate I believe in, I’ll go so far as to write in my own name.

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