Ginsburg Is First Supreme Court Judge to Marry a Same-Sex Couple

Friday, 30 Aug 2013 11:02 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate at a same-sex marriage ceremony Saturday night, the first Supreme Court justice to ever do so.

Bader will perform the ceremony in Washington at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for its president, Michael M. Kaiser, and economist John Roberts, The Washington Post reported Friday.
The newspaper said the 80-year-old jurist seemed excited during an interview about being the first member of the court to conduct such a ceremony.

Kaiser, 59, has been president of the Kennedy Center since 2001. Robert, 32, works at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

"I think it will be one more statement that people who love each other and want to live together should be able to enjoy the blessings and the strife in the marriage relationship," Ginsburg said, adding: "It won't be long before there will be another" performed by a justice.

Ginsburg also will officiate at the Sept. 26 wedding of David Hagedorn, a food writer and contributor to The Washington Post, and Michael Widomski, director of communications and executive affairs at the National Weather Service, the newspaper reported.

Kaiser told The Associated Press he asked Ginsburg to officiate because she is a longtime friend.

"It's very meaningful mostly to have a friend officiate, and then for someone of her stature, it's a very big honor," Kaiser said. "I think that everything that's going on that makes same-sex marriage possible and visible helps to encourage others and to make the issue seem less of an issue, to make it just more a part of life."

The wedding comes after the court's landmark ruling in June to expand federal recognition of same-sex marriages, striking down part of an anti-gay marriage law.

Same-sex unions have been legal in Washington, D.C., since 2010.

Supreme Court justices have been known to officiate at weddings before, generally for people they know well: former law clerks, close friends, or relatives.

Ginsburg officiated at the wedding of her son, and Justice Clarence Thomas performed a ceremony for radio host Rush Limbaugh, according to the Post.

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