Scores of individuals filled the steps leading up to the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday evening, crowding the plaza outside and spilling throughout the road in a candlelight tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Many mentioned that it was a solemn celebration of Justice Ginsburg’s legacy in shaping American jurisprudence, and that it shouldn’t be corrupted by the political fights certain to flare up in the Capitol in the days to come back.
“We, as citizens, have a responsibility to mourn her, and stand together and show that we care about human life, which is something I think we’ve lost in the last six months,” mentioned David Means, who was quietly discussing the justice’s legacy in the courtroom’s plaza. “We need to be here — this is the place to be for anyone who believes in American ideals and progress in this country.”
Mourners started arriving at the courtroom after nightfall. At first, these gathered have been so quiet that splashes from close by fountains have been audible throughout the plaza. But quickly crowds swelled, filling the courthouse stairs, singing “Amazing Grace” and discussing the results Justice Ginsburg had on the legislation.
Nearly all seemed to be sporting masks to guard themselves from the coronavirus, however social distancing was much less noticed, with many standing almost shoulder to shoulder.
Becca Ebert of Seattle, who moved to Washington for a dual-degree program at Georgetown University, credited Justice Ginsburg with opening doorways for ladies. “I know that I can go to law school because of a lot of the work that she did,” she mentioned.
Others celebrated Justice Ginsburg’s function in landmark rulings on issues like gay marriage.
“As a proud L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. Hispanic male, it transcends so many different levels, in my community, in the community I was raised up in El Paso, Texas — it absolutely means so much, the work that she did,” mentioned Richard Cerros of Washington.