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Justice Ginsburg becomes first US woman to lie in state

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Justice Ginsburg becomes first US woman to lie in state

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a week ago, is to lie in state in the US Capitol later - the first woman to be granted that honour in history.

The liberal icon died from pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the nation's top court.

Thousands have been paying their respects as she lay in repose outside the Supreme Court building this week.

Ginsburg, who died aged 87, was an outspoken advocate for gender equality and civil rights.

She has been mythologised by liberals and feminists as a barrier-breaking leader.

Dubbed by her fans as the Notorious RBG, she also became the first justice to have two days of viewing at the Supreme Court.

Given the sheer number of visitors coming to pay their respects, organisers determined one day would not be enough.

Makeshift memorials lined the court steps as the lines of those attending Ginsburg's public viewings snaked around the National Mall. Her casket was outside the Supreme Court to allow for outdoor visitation in light of Covid-19.

When she lies in state inside the Capitol the formal ceremony will be invite-only, also due to the pandemic.

She will be buried next week in another private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Her death has sparked a row between President Trump's Republicans, who wish to nominate a replacement, and opposition Democrats, who say whoever wins the 3 November election should have that right.

Back in 2016, Republicans blocked then-President Barack Obama's top court nominee, arguing that the decision should be made outside of an election year.

Naming justices to the nation's top court is contentious as court is the final say in major issues. Recent rulings have included abortion rights, immigration, healthcare and same-sex marriage.

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