If you haven’t yet heard, same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states.
This morning SCOTUS ruled in favor of marriage equality for couples all over the country and among the Supreme Court justices we can thank for the historic decision is major player Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has been rallying for the decision (and rights for women across the board) for a long time now.
In her oral argument about the decision, she discussed the way marriage as an institution has evolved from the very outdated Head and Master Law, which defines marriage as strictly between a dominant man and a subordinate female (struck down in 1982), wherein the husband essentially owns his wife, and any income she has.
Obviously, that ain’t the way the world works anymore, is it?
“As women gained legal, political, and property rights, and as society began to understand that women have their own equal dignity,” she wrote, “the law of coverture was abandoned.”
One by one, Ginsburg knocked down the weak arguments provided by opponents of legalizing gay marriage, eventually earning her the foreboding nickname “The Notorious R.B.G.”
And they don’t just call her that for nothing. Here’s a point she made when someone suggested that allowing gay people the right to marry would detract value from marriages between heterosexual couples.
“All of the incentives, all of the benefits that marriage affords would still be available. So you’re not taking away anything from heterosexual couples,” she said. “They would have the very same incentive to marry, all the benefits that come with marriage that they do now.”
To celebrate the greatness of The Notorious, we collected a few of our favorite memes circulating today. Check them out below.