Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Sometimes (most of the time) when you're fighting for something you believe in, you gotta boss up—and that's exactly what Ruth Bader Ginsburg did.

The 82-year-old justice joined her fellow heads of the Supreme Court today to debate whether gay marriage bans were constitutional in four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

And "Notorious RBG" (as the kids call her) shut down the opposing views, per usual, by providing epic responses to arguments over history, biology and interpretation of the Constitution.

Here are three of Ginsburg's gems from today's debate that only further prove just how badass our girl Ruth is...

1. It's Time to Let Go of the Past: "Marriage today is not what it was under the common law tradition, under the civil law tradition. Marriage was a relationship of a dominant male to a subordinate female. That ended as a result of this court's decision in 1982 when Louisiana's Head and Master Rule was struck down. Would that be a choice that state should [still] be allowed to have? To cling to marriage the way it once was?"

(Head and Master laws were a set of property laws in the U.S. that gave the husband the final say in all household decisions, saying that the husband's role was to provide for the family and the wife's main job was to keep everything tidy, rear children and provide sex.)

2. What About the Kids?: Another point thrown at RBG is the constant argument about procreation. John Bursch argued "The state doesn't have an interest in love and emotion at all," adding, "It's about binding children to their biological moms and dads."

Well, she had something to say to John. "Suppose a couple, 70-year-old couple, comes in and they want to get married? You don't have to ask them any questions. You know they are not going to have any children."

3. Gay Marriage Isn't Going to Screw Anything Up: "All of the incentives, all of the benefits that marriage affords would still be available. So you're not taking away anything from heterosexual couples. They would have the very same incentive to marry, all the benefits that come with marriage that they do now."

Drops gavel, walks off stage.

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