Supreme Court justice to perform same-sex wedding ceremony
August 31st, 2013
05:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Supreme Court justice to perform same-sex wedding ceremony

Washington (CNN) - In June, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined four of her Supreme Court colleagues in overturning the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

This weekend, she is poised to officiate at a same-sex wedding.

The couple is Michael Kaiser, president of Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and economist John Roberts. John Dow, vice president for communications at the Kennedy Center, told CNN the couple would be married on Saturday by Ginsburg.

Ginsburg’s role in the ceremony was first reported Friday by The Washington Post, which said she spoke about it in a recent interview.

“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,” the Post quoted her as saying.

The ceremony will take place in Washington, where same-sex marriage became legal in 2009. Thirteen states and the district allow same sex marriage; it is banned in 35 other states, and two do not have laws on the matter.

The Post reported Ginsburg said “it won’t be long before there will be another” same-sex marriage ceremony performed by a member of the high court, and that she will perform another in September.

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  1. mountainlady

    JUDGING by some of the comments in this thread... a lot of folks are out there judging everyone else. The only proof they have of their god's judgment is written down ambiguously in a book written over many centuries by men, edited by men and ultimately sanctified by men. Somewhere in that book there is a statement "judge not lest ye be judged". Too bad all these judgmental folks don't read or follow the entire book they believe in....just the parts they like. In the meantime we have a Judge who apparently lives what she believes....fairness and equality for all. Good for Judge Ginsburg!

    August 31, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    @to the haters and "so called christians", I thought your god(s) teaches u to love everyone. Guess not.
    How terribly sad for you. Live and let live people!
    Gays are who they are just as you haters are what you are.

    September 1, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Theres a Man named Jesus there, who has answered and can answer your questions. And He answered it with the love and hope that you're seeking"

    No one is questioning that Jesus has the answers, just that His earthly "missionaries" that are supposed to be "walking in His footsteps" seem to be doing His job.

    September 1, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. The Lone Stranger

    I do believe that Dr Ruth would publicly praise Justice Ruth's behavior. Hot ziggity!!! I think I hear the Victorian age in its death throes!! And the religous zealots will have their minds full as new bibles will have the new number of the beast-"616". Then there is the new supplement to the New Testament to be published where Jesus' companion Mary(you remember her...right?from "The Da Vinci Code"...funny how She keeps turning up) tells Peter that Jesus said "There is no sin." Gee Willikers!! Man o man!! Will the fur fly then!!

    September 1, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
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