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Sep 03 2013

Justice Ginsburg Performs Same-Sex Wedding

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a same-sex wedding in Washington, DC on Saturday — and one of the grooms was John Roberts. No, obviously not Chief Justice John Roberts. But I think this is incredibly cool and a pretty amazing “first” for the country.

Ginsburg will officiate Saturday at the marriage of Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and John Roberts, a government economist.

“Michael Kaiser is a friend and someone I much admire,” Ginsburg said in a written statement Friday. “That is why I am officiating at his wedding.”

The private ceremony will take place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a national memorial to President John F. Kennedy. The 80-year-old Ginsburg, an opera lover, is a frequent guest at the center.

Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and 13 states.

“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 Washington Post in an interview.

“It won’t be long before there will be another” performed by a justice. She has another ceremony planned for September.

Bravo, Justice. Bravo.

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    I’m sure that the fuckken born agains will be screaming for the impeachment of justice Ginsburg.

  2. 2
    David C Brayton

    I so love the delicious irony that a groom was named John Roberts.

  3. 3
    David C Brayton

    And by the way, I’m looking forward to the day such ceremonies are called weddings and not a ‘same-sex’ weddings.

  4. 4
    MikeMa

    @David C Brayton #3
    Bravo.

  5. 5
    marcus

    May she live long and retire from the Court at a vibrant and healthy 105.

  6. 6
    eric

    @3: yeah, but in order for it to be “not news” tomorrow, it has to make the news today. If you see what I mean.

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    TYPICAL ACTIVIST LIBERAL JUDGE! WHY CANT SHE BE LIKE SCALIA AND THOMAS AND KEEP OUT OF THE PUBLIC EYE? IM SICK AND TIRED OF FREEDOM-HATING SO-CALLED JUDGES LIKE HER IGNORING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE, RAMMING SO-CALLED GAY SO-CALLED MARRIAGE DOWN OUR THROATS, AND LEGISLATING FROM IN FRONT OF THE BENCH!

  8. 8
    dukeofomnium

    I’m actually surprised that a Federal judge (or justice, in this case) would have the civil authority to solemnize marriages, since he or she would not be a state official. Then again, maybe it would only be possible in the District, which isn’t actually a state.

  9. 9
    doublereed

    Wow, I knew Michael Kaizer was having a wedding, but I had no idea that he’s gay. But everything I’ve heard about him is how he’s just a constant badass/crazy person.

  10. 10
    ArtK

    @ dukeofomnium

    In California, at least, she would be able perform the ceremony. The civil code specifically lists “A justice or retired justice of the United States Supreme Court” as someone who can be an officiant. The same applies to US magistrate judges as well as “a judge or retired judge of a court of appeals, a district court, or a court created by an act of Congress the judges of which are entitled to hold office during good behavior.”

  11. 11
    magistramarla

    I’ve been loving that the celebrity news has been reporting same-sex celebrity engagements with the same breathless excitement as hetero celebrity engagements. (ENGAGED! See our story for pics of the happy couple!) It’s progress!

  12. 12
    robnyny

    For dukeofomnium:

    It’s entirely a matter of local law. If local law says a trained monkey can officiate, then a trained monkey can officiate. Many (I’m not sure if most) states provide that federal judges can officiate, even though they have no other state sanctioned powers.

  13. 13
    marcus

    @11 I know, right? Now gay celebrities can have the paparazzi abusing their privacy just like straight celebrities! (Haven’t they suffered enough?)

  14. 14
    Doug Little

    I can’t wait for the cries to recuse from the religious right when the next marriage equality case comes before SCOTUS.

  15. 15
    dan4

    @14: This actually sounds like a good cause for recusal to me (and I say that as someone who supports gay marriage).

  16. 16
    Suido

    @dan4 #15

    Really? I have no idea what constitutes grounds for recusal, but surely officiating a wedding would be considered similar to actually being wed… ie ludicrous grounds for having to recuse yourself from a case about weddings.

    If the particular wedding in question was central to a particular lawsuit, that’s a different story.

  17. 17
    anubisprime

    A Supreme court judge officiates at a wedding…Seems the constitution backs marriage so…Game, Set & Match to the institution of marriage!

    It also signifies a Supreme court judge has some keen insider knowledge that according to the constitution of the country she serves that it is here to stay!

  18. 18
    =8)-DX

    Just looking at the FTB homepage I read “Justice Ginsburg Performs Same-Sex Act” and was intrigued… it’s good to see the other result thought =).

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