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Top General Mourns Passing of Ginsburg, Who Pressed for Military Gender Equality

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Top General Mourns Passing of Ginsburg, Who Pressed for Military Gender Equality

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley joined in mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose landmark rulings and lifetime of advocacy for gender equality had a major impact on the military.

Under the heading “Equal Justice Under the Law,” the phrase engraved at the entrance to the Supreme Court, Milley said on Twitter that Ginsburg’s death Friday at age 87 was a “great loss for the country” and for the “scores of people she taught and inspired.”

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“She was an exceptional legal scholar, a selfless public servant and a role model,” he said in a Twitter post put out by the Joint Staff shortly after Ginsburg’s death. In her most recent vote on the court with implications for the military, Ginsburg in June joined with the majority in a 6-3 ruling that a 1964 statute against workplace sex discrimination also applies to transgender rights.

The majority opinion — written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a nominee of President Donald Trump, and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts — gave support to lawsuits seeking to overturn the military’s current restrictions on transgender service, according to […]

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