Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first SCOTUS member to officiate a gay wedding

Ginsburg conducted the ceremony at the request of her longtime friend, Michael Kaiser

By Katie McDonough
September 1, 2013 8:42PM (UTC)
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On Saturday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put on her finest neck doily and made history as the first member of the United States Supreme Court to officiate at a gay wedding.

Ginsburg conducted the ceremony between John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts, both longtime friends.

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“It’s very meaningful mostly to have a friend officiate, and then for someone of her stature, it’s a very big honor,” Kaiser told the Associated Press. “I think that everything that’s going on that makes same-sex marriage possible and visible helps to encourage others and to make the issue seem less of an issue, to make it just more part of life.”

In a Friday statement, Ginsburg called Kaiser “a friend and someone I much admire.”

“That is why I am officiating at his wedding,” she added.

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Katie McDonough

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