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Hundreds Gather in San Francisco for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Vigil

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Several hundred people have gathered at Harvey Milk Plaza in San Francisco Friday evening to honor U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died earlier in the day.

San Francisco police said the gathering is peaceful. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87.

"It's a huge loss," said Mayor London Breed. "It's a huge loss."

She died surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C.

"This is a tragedy," said San Francisco resident Michael Rouppet.

Ginsburg was a lifelong champion of women's rights and an advocate for gender equality.

"I remember when a women couldn’t have her own checkbook or her own credit card and you couldn’t get birth control unless you were married and had your husband’s permission," said San Francisco resident Lisa Leighton. "We’re screwed. Fifty years of progress for women’s rights is just going to be gone."

Senator Scott Weiner said plans are already in the works to prevent another Trump appointment before the election.

"We're in mourning right now and then we have to get right back up and get ready to fight," he said.

Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993 after being confirmed by a Senate vote of 96 to 3.

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