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Equality California Mourns the Loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 18, 2020 at 5:26 pm

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September 18, 2020

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur after the passing of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court:

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hoped to be remembered as ‘someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.’ There is no doubt in my mind that a grateful nation will forever remember her that way. A trailblazer in every sense of the word, Justice Ginsburg knew no barrier too strong and no setback too great in her lifelong pursuit of equality. She waged her battle for justice as much through the pages of her fiery dissents as through the force of her majority opinions. As she often repeated, ‘Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.’

“Today, as she takes her own final step, we mourn Justice Ginsburg’s loss and celebrate her life. Our hearts are heavy, but they are full of gratitude for her immeasurable contributions to our nation’s long march toward justice. Our community, and all marginalized communities, have known no greater advocate for civil rights and social justice on the nation’s highest court. Her life’s work forever transformed the daily reality of LGBTQ+ people, and the diverse communities to which we belong.

“In her final dissent, Justice Ginsburg warned of a Court willing to ‘cast totally aside’ the countervailing rights and interests of women to advance a version of ‘religious freedom’ the founders would not recognize. May generations to come heed her warning and follow her example. May we secure the freedoms promised in our founding documents and finally achieve the moral imperative of our democracy: Equal Justice Under Law.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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