My male colleagues didnât really understand the Hobby Lobby case
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: My male colleagues didnât really understand the Hobby Lobby case
Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:08 EDT
Speaking with Katie Couric on Yahoo Global News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that five of her male counterparts on the court have âa blind spotâ when it comes to womenâs issues.
After noting that all three female justices were in the minority in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, Couric asked Ginsburg whether she âbelieved the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision.â
Following a long pause, Ginsburg said, âI would have to say, âNo.ââ
âBut,â she added, âjustices continue to think, and can change. So Iâm ever hopeful that if the Court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.â
âBut you do, in fact, feel that these five justices had a bit of a âblind spotâ?â Couric asked.
âIn Hobby Lobby?â Ginsburg replied. âYes.â
âBecause they couldnât understand what it is like to be a woman?â Couric asked.
âThey all have wives. They have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.â
Ginsburg went on to note that her opinions on these matters are contained in her dissents, and that there is a tradition of dissents becoming âunquestionably, the law of the land.â
In her scathing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, Ginsburg noted that the majorityâs willful misreading of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would have unintended consequences.
âLittle doubt that RFRA claims will proliferate, for the Courtâs expansive notion of corporate personhood â combined with its other errors in construing RFRA â invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faith,â she wrote.
Earlier this week, in fact, the Satanic Temple declared that it would use the majorityâs interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act just as Ginsburg predicted groups would.
Watch the entire interview with Ginsburg via Yahoo Global News below.