Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans are ready for marriage equality

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Matt Sayles, AP

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgMatt Sayles, AP

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON — In a new interview Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks with Bloomberg about the outlook for legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation.

The 81-year-old justice discussed the public’s increasing acceptance of gays against the backdrop of resistance by Alabama officials to a federal court order that took effect Monday and made it the 37th gay-marriage state. With the high court set to rule on the issue by June, she said it “would not take a large adjustment” for Americans should the justices say that gay marriage is a constitutional right.

“The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us.”

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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in April in marriage equality cases from four states — Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee — whose same-sex marriage bans were upheld last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

A nationwide decision on the constitutionality of state same-sex marriage bans could come by June.

Same-sex marriage is legal in all by 13 states.

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