UPDATE! The flags were lowered to half-staff at all City of West Hollywood facilities in observance of the passing of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At the time the City lowered its flags, city officials decided that they were to remain at half-staff until she was laid to rest. In a recent update, City Manager Paul Arevalo, made a determination that the flag will remain at half-staff for 27 days from the date of her passing — one day to represent each year of the 27 years Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as a Supreme Court Justice
The Supreme Court Justice passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87.
Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. In her 27-year tenure she served as the second female justice of the Supreme Court. She was the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing, consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues like abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action.
The court said in a statement on the day of her passing that she was surrounded by her family at her home in Washington during the time of her passing. Ginsburg battled with five bouts of cancer. She died less than seven weeks before the presidential election.
Ginsburg spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, winning multiple arguments before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsels in the 1970s. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until her appointment to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg received attention in American popular culture for her fiery liberal dissents and refusal to step down, leading to her being dubbed “The Notorious R.B.G.”, a play on the name of rapper The Notorious B.I.G..