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

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Peter Cohee

    Do our Supreme Court justices ever perform "traditional" weddings (we are now forced to use the adjective)? If so, why is that not newsworthy? Justice Ginsburg is abusing this ceremony merely to display her social sophistication to the world.

    August 31, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  2. realitybites

    Ginsberg should be removed from the Supreme Court for a gross conflict of interest.

    August 31, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  3. Clarke

    So what! Really, does it matter. A wedding ceremony straight or gay, is still a wedding ceremony.

    August 31, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That would seem to be an inappropriate action, in as much as the court has to rule on such issues. That's called a conflict of interest, in my book.

    August 31, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  5. Brent

    Wonderful news! Congrats to the lovely couple!

    August 31, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  6. Luke

    This is why our country is in trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 31, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. David Duvall

    Wonderful! When I read the headline my first thought was the last episode of Boston Legal. I love her quote about the strife in the marriage relationship. My best wishes to the happy couple.

    August 31, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. HenryMiller

    It seems to me that it would be dangerous to be married by a Supreme Court Justice—there's no appeal if it goes wrong. As one of them said, they're not final because they're right, they're right because they're final.

    August 31, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. A Great Understanding About Love

    Finally someone with good sense at the Supreme Court!! Kudos to you, Justice Ginsburg. You truly realize the value of marriage between two adult people who love each other regardless of their gender. You are making a very profound statement that prejudice, hate, and intolerance has got to Stop where love is concerned.

    August 31, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. 1byrd

    So appropriately: "You Go Girl!!" She's clearly not just talking the talk. Knows how to back up her high-minded (and brilliant) opinions with solid action. Thanks, madam justice, for keeping the faith!

    August 31, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. David Wallenstein

    I wonder when Clarence Thomas, Scalia and Roberts will follow suit?

    August 31, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. bigolal

    Good for her. In general, I'm not too happy with our Supreme Court, but I'm very impressed with Ms Ginsburg. She demonstrates her belief in marital equality for ALL by her vote and now by her officiating at todat's wedding.
    Bravo, Ms Ginsburg

    August 31, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. MaryM

    Thank you Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    August 31, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Justice Ginsburg rocks!

    August 31, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Anonymous

    This is evil and ungodly

    August 31, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. qusai

    this going to be the down fall of this country.the zionist are destroying the country with in,there are no more family values so the american people will be a toy in there hands.go celebrate this fillth,God going to punish us like sodom and gomora.this is reformed christianity,they start little by little till they take over.go joyce christians

    August 31, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Buddy

    America is being ruined by liberal activist judges.

    August 31, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Patrish

    Many gays contribute to society in a variety of ways. While it does not affect me personally, I am glad to see this happen.

    August 31, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Tombstone

    Can't wait for people to marry their horses or computers. It won't really matter in a hundred years.

    August 31, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Tom Dougan

    You Ruth-Bader-believe it!

    August 31, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. TruthandConsequence surer sign or our moral corruption.

    August 31, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Borderless

    I strongly support gay marriage. I don't think it's appropriate for a supreme court justice to perform any marriage though.

    August 31, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Mike Harrison

    Disgusting! This country is going downhill.

    August 31, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. ThinkAgain

    @Borderless: "I strongly support gay marriage. I don't think it's appropriate for a supreme court justice to perform any marriage though."

    Helloooooooo, judges perform marriages all the time! Why? Because first and foremost, marriage is a LEGAL contract between two people. The religious part is strictly optional.

    Sheesh, folks are dim!

    August 31, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. blake

    No surprises here. A far left, activist judge.

    August 31, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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