Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she expects the court to rule on a gay marriage case possibly as early as next summer.

In an interview the AP, Ginsburg, 81, said she expects such a case to be heard and decided by June 2016, or possibly a year earlier.

“I think the court will not do what they did in the old days when they continually ducked the issue of miscegenation,” she said of the high court's 1967 ruling striking down interracial marriage bans.

“If a case is properly before the court, they will take it,” Ginsburg said.

Ginsburg was in the majority on two marriage equality cases decided last year. In one case, the court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which led to the federal government's recognition of the legal marriages of gay couples. The court declined to rule on the merits of the second case, effectively allowing a lower court's ruling invalidating California's marriage ban, Proposition 8, to stand.

The DOMA decision set off a flurry of litigation challenging all 31 of the nation's bans and a race back to the Supreme Court. So far, two appeals courts have sided with plaintiffs.