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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died, the court announced this evening. She was 87.
Ginsburg has been repeatedly hospitalized in recent years, leaving progressives with palpitations that she could die and President Donald Trump could nominate another extremist conservative to the nation’s highest court. Now with the election around the corner, Ginsburg’s death will have huge political ramifications.
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The Justice was treated multiple times for cancer. In 2018, she missed court arguments for the first time since she was elevated to the bench in 1993 as she recuperated from lung surgery to remove cancerous growths.
In November 2018, Ginsburg, known by her nickname “Notorious RBG” for her inability to suffer foolishness and sharp wit, fell in her office and was hospitalized for fractured ribs. She is also known for her strong work ethic.
At the time, a popular tweet summed up liberal’s feelings about the popular Justice.
“Can we just wrap Ruth Bader Ginsburg in bubble wrap and carry her around in a sedan chair for the next two or more years because she is currently our country’s most precious natural resource,” Jeff Tiedrich tweeted.
Ginsburg was a longtime supporter of LGBTQ equality, joining the majority in landmark cases like Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, United States v. Windsor, Bostock v. Clayton County, and Obergefell v. Hodges.
“Today, we lost an unqualified, undisputed hero. She wasn’t just an iconic jurist, Justice Ginsburg was a force for good — a force for bringing this country closer to delivering on its promise of equality for all,” said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David.
“Her decades of work helped create many of the foundational arguments for gender equality in the United States, and her decisions from the bench demonstrated her commitment to full LGBTQ equality. She was and will remain an inspiration to young people everywhere, a pop culture icon as the Notorious RBG and a giant in the fight for a more just nation for all. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. What she represented — fairness, justice and equality for all — we must all continue to fight for. Those principles are not transactional, they are fundamental to our democracy.”
“Today we have lost a giant of justice, a champion for equality and progress. Justice Ginsburg was an American hero and pioneer, a voice for so many marginalized people, leaving behind a legacy of courage, tenacity and historic impact in creating a better country and a better world for all of us,” National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey added. “We are all so grateful for all Justice Ginsburg has done for LGBTQ people, for women, for our ability to control our own bodies, for all that seek to move freedom forward in this country.”