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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans Wouldn't Need 'A Large Adjustment' To Welcome Legal Gay Marriage

02/12/2015 08:57 am ET | Updated Feb 12, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Americans won't need "a large adjustment" if the high court rules that gay marriage is a constitutional right.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Ginsburg said Americans have been becoming more accepting of gay people in recent years.

“The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor -- we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us."

While speaking at an event in Minnesota in September, Ginsburg called the shift in Americans' attitude on gay marriage "remarkable."

“Having people close to us who say who they are -- that made the attitude change in this country,” Ginsburg said.

Earlier this week, Ginsburg's colleague Clarence Thomas suggested the Supreme Court's decision to allow gay marriages to take place in Alabama suggests the high court has its mind made up on the issue. In his dissent of the Alabama ruling, Thomas said the court's decision "may well be seen as a signal of the court's intended resolution" as it considers cases from four other states on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

See more with Ginsburg at Bloomberg.

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