Ginsburg: unlike miscegenation, SCOTUS will not duck same-sex marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has told the AP. “I think the court will not do what they did in the old days when they continually ducked the issue of miscegenation,” Ginsburg said. “If a case is properly before the court, they will take it.” She expected the Supreme Court would take up the issue of marriage equality in 2015 or 2016. The court takes up appeals of its own choosing.

Vox has an account of Ginsburg’s statement and a backgrounder on the cases winding their way through the court system.

For those of you who have not seen it, check out Notorius R.B.G.

US States by date miscegenation law repealed: gray – no law, green – before 1887, yellow -1948 to 1967, red – 1967 (date of SCOTUS Loving v. Virginia decision)

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