Former US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been the first woman to lie in state in the US Capitol, a top honor generally reserved for former US presidents and military or political leaders.
Ginsburg, a Supreme Court justice and feminist icon died last week because of complications from pancreatic cancer.
The 87-year-old spent 27 years on the US’s greatest court where she had been famous for the defense of anti-discrimination legislation and fiery dissents when she believed that the court was wrong.
American political figures such as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and members of Congress paid their respects on Friday to Ginsburg. Mourners gathered around her casket in a distance as a result of the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives said it had been with”deep sorrow and deep sympathy to the Ginsburg household” she welcomed the prosecution to lie in state.
Ginsburg’s casket lay on the catafalque or increased platform built for the casket of former US President Abraham Lincoln,” Pelosi stated.
The latest American to lie in state in the Capitol has been John Lewis, a civil rights icon and US representative.
Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was the first and only woman to lie in honor at the US Capitol in 2005 – a tribute to non-governmental figures.
US President Donald Trump paid his respects to Ginsburg on Thursday and was booed because he stood before her casket because it lies in repose under the portico of the US Supreme Court.
Trump is put to name replacement over the weekend, US media have reported, amid a tense election battle on the nomination.
The nation’s left-leaning Democratic Party would love to wait till after the forthcoming November 3 election before affirming a fresh justice but Republicans in the Senate say they won’t wait and have sufficient votes to confirm that a Trump nominee.
When the US Senate affirms a conservative justice, then the equilibrium of this court could stay conservative for decades with six right-leaning justices and three left-leaning justices.