September 4, 2013 | by Phil Reese
Ginsburg officiates same-sex wedding
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, gay news,  Washington Blade

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first sitting justice to officiate a same-sex wedding at the nuptials of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and his partner John Roberts. (Photo public domain)

WASHINGTON —Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday presided over the Washington, D.C. wedding of her longtime friend and Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and his partner, economist John Roberts.

Ginsburg is the first Supreme Court justice to officiate same-sex nuptials, according to the Washington Post, just short of four months after the court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that prevented the United States government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states that have legalized them.

“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 told the Post.

Ginsburg — who was joined by justices Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan in the 5-4 decision striking down DOMA — is a longtime supporter of the arts. Ginsburg also plans to officiate the Sep. 22 wedding of Washington Post food critic David Hagedorn and National Weather Service communications director, Michael Widomski, a promise she’d made to the pair on the day the court released its DOMA decision.

 

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