Supreme Court justice to perform same-sex wedding ceremony
August 31st, 2013
05:30 AM ET
9 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.

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    @ ThinkAgain

    God does NOT always pay at the end of the day but in the end, he pays.

    August 31, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Lord Toronaga

    Please just die. We do not want 2000 year old justices.

    August 31, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. SixDegrees

    "God does not go where He is not wanted."

    Therefore, god is not omnipotent. And probably not omniscient, either.

    August 31, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. are122

    Wonder if she'll drive there or ride her broom.

    August 31, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Jerry

    Looks like the Lady NASCAR driver when she gets old.

    August 31, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Alan

    Ginsberg is a senile old woman still stuck in the 40's and with a warped view of reality.

    August 31, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. sleeve81

    Peter, you are not FORCED to do anything. You have made yourselves do it. Do not put that on us or anyone else but your own insecurities. Besides, "traditional" marriage is a misnomer. If you had a traditional marriage it would be a business deal brokered by your wife's father and yourself and she wouldn't have a say in it.

    August 31, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. sleeve81


    You are telling me that God was not wanted by the millions of people who were slaughtered in The Holocaust. Because, I'm pretty sure people in that situation were calling out to him.

    August 31, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Humanist11


    What actual evidence can you provide that verifies your claim of how judgement is administered? It is very medieval of you to claim earthquakes, tornados and other natural disasters happen because god is punishing us. The preponderance of people killed in such disasters are innocent of the crimes most ecclesiastics claim is the reason for the punishment in the first place! Science has shown these natural phenomena have occurred on other uninhabited planets in our solar system. What was god punishing in those cases? Why would your benevolent, omnipotent god create a system where more than 90% of humans must be condemned to eternal torture? We were not born sinners or bad in any divine way. Humans are creatures on this planet and subject to imperfect evolution just like all life forms on earth. You can have your fantasy and I'll have my reality.

    August 31, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. longtooth

    How I envy all those who know what God thinks! Although I love the world, and admire His creations, I have never met Him.

    August 31, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Armistice


    It's funny how all you mention is that fact that they're gay, but fail to mention the quality of their character, their trustworthiness, who they are as a human being. Your viewpoint is perpetuated by society and their view that being gay or having somebody gay in their life is immoral and thus incapable of taking care or loving others. Being gay doesn't affect mental or physical capability. It is merely a situation in which society wants to believe so simply unfamiliar and uncomfortable with it.

    August 31, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. rrrnay

    Jonz- thanks for clearing that up, now that we've established that God will be the judge, perhaps you should quit trying to do his job for him.

    August 31, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. roadrager1

    She is a disgrace to the position she holds.

    August 31, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Marcus

    Dean – Ever heard of the concept of God's omnipresence? God is everywhere dude, INCLUDING where He (or She, who knows) is not wanted.
    Nice pathetic try though.

    August 31, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. don in albuquerque

    What is with all this Sunday morning garbage?

    August 31, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Adam

    Before a person dies, he or she will do acts and deeds beloved or hated to God depending on where the soul is headed after death. If the soul is headed to Hell Fire the the person will do deds that are hated by God. If the soul is headed for Paradise, the person will do deeds that are beloved to God.

    Ginsburg may be headed the wrong way.. towards Hell Fire..

    August 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. LivinginVA

    Peter Cohee: "Supreme Court justices have by tradition performed marriage ceremonies for their present and former clerks.
    Some do marriages of friends or ideological soul mates. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas officiated at the third (of four) marriages of right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh."

    It's not newsworthy because it happens often enough not to be news.

    August 31, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. CronoT

    Does anyone else remember back in 2003 when Pat Robinson prayed for Justice Ginsburg to get cancer again so she would have to retire? Not all religious sociopaths worship Islam, people. Jerry Falwell, whether he's in heaven or not, best serves by being gone now.

    August 31, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    To Dean and Jonz1: you are just making up rationalizations to somehow explain that your omnipotent and omniscient God is neither.

    August 31, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "God does not go where he is not wanted." Doesn't sound very omniscient or omnipotent to me ... Also makes it sound like your God is some kind of parlor trick.

    August 31, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Marcus

    Adam – You see and know (before it happens) where do souls go after death?
    Sarcasm aside, your lines were already used by:
    Those who were against Irish and Polish in the USA ('Papists')
    Those who were against the end of slavery ('It's their natural condition' and 'It is against God!')
    Those who were FOR the Jim Crow laws.
    Those who were against women voting.
    Those who were against the end of Jim Crow laws...
    In short, when there's NO rational explanation to justify this or that point of view without frabricating one... use God.
    Everybody like you did that in the past.

    August 31, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Hillcrester

    This is Justice Ginsberg's jab at Justice Scalia. You go girl!

    August 31, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. boungiorno

    take your heads out of the sand people much bigger problems like the 17 trillion $ debt

    August 31, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. Geoz

    Proud to know it is happening.

    August 31, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. That Guy

    “You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” -Anne Lamott

    August 31, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
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