Chuck Schumer Recalls the Day Ruth Bader Ginsburg Died: ‘I Was With My Daughter and Her Wife’

By CNSNews.com Staff | February 4, 2021 | 12:50pm EST
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.), right, his daughter Alison, left, and her wife Elizabeth Weiland, center, take part in the NYC Pride March, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, June 30, 2019. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.), right, his daughter Alison, left, and her wife Elizabeth Weiland, center, take part in the NYC Pride March, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, June 30, 2019. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer went to the well of the Senate on Sept. 21, 2020 to talk about the process to confirm a successor to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had died three days before that.

“The stakes of this vacancy concern no less than the future of fundamental rights of the American people,” Schumer said.

“I was with my daughter and her wife to celebrate the Jewish New Year, and they thought to themselves and mentioned at the table: Could their right to be married, could marriage equality, be undone?” Schumer said.

“If you care about these things and the kind of country we live in, this election and this vacancy mean everything,” Schumer went on to say. “And by all rights, by every modicum of decency and honor, Leader [Mitch] McConnell [R.-Ky.] and the Republican Senate majority have no right to fill it--no right.”

President Donald Trump did in fact nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy created by Justice Ginsburg’s death and the then-Republican-controlled Senate did confirm Barrett.

On July 1, 2019, Schumer sent out a tweet with a photo of himself with his daughter and her wife participating in the Pride Parade in New York City.

“With my daughter Alison and her new wife Biz,” Schumer said in the tweet. “Wouldn’t have happened without the sacrifice at Stonewall.

“Here we are in front of Stonewall at #NYCPride. #Stonewall50 #Pride,” said Schumer.

Here is the transcript of the part of Schumer’s speech on the Senate floor on Sept. 21, 2020 where he talks about how Justice Ginsburg advanced the cause of same-sex marriage:

Sen. Chuck Schumer: “A woman's fundamental, constitutional right to make her own medical decisions--to control her own body, her right to choose--hangs in the balance. The right of workers to organize and collectively bargain for fair wages at a time of growing income inequality hangs in the balance.

“The future of our planet, environmental protections, and the possibility of bold legislation to address climate change hang in the balance. Voting rights and the right of every American citizen to have a voice in our democracy hang in the balance. The stakes of this election, the stakes of this vacancy concern no less than the future of fundamental rights of the American people.

“I was with my daughter and her wife to celebrate the Jewish New Year, and they thought to themselves and mentioned at the table: Could their right to be married, could marriage equality, be undone?

“Those are questions hundreds of millions of Americans are asking about things near and dear to them as this nomination hangs in the balance. That is what it is all about--all the rights enshrined in our Constitution that are supposed to be protected by the Supreme Court of the United States; all the rights that could be undone or unwound by a conservative majority on the Court; the right to join a union, marry whom you love, freely exercise your right to vote; the right of a parent with a child who has cancer not to watch, helpless, as their son or daughter suffers without proper healthcare.

“If you care about these things and the kind of country we live in, this election and this vacancy mean everything. And by all rights, by every modicum of decency and honor, Leader McConnell and the Republican Senate majority have no right to fill it--no right.

“In the final few weeks, sensing her failing health, Justice Ginsburg told her family that it was her ‘most fervent wish that [she] not be replaced until a new president is installed.’

“That was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish--her most fervent wish--that she should not be replaced until a new President is installed.

“The Senate Republican majority should have no problem adhering to Justice Ginsburg's dying wish.”

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