Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Officiate a Same-Sex Wedding

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate a same-sex wedding ceremony on Saturday between Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts (no relation to the Supreme Court Chief Justice). Ginsburg, who won't resign until she's good and ready so stop asking, will be the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex wedding.

And guess what? According to an interview with the Washington Post, Ginsburg already has a second same-sex wedding on her calendar for September. Her first one, however, looks to be extremely fancy. The ceremony will be at the Kennedy Center itself, and includes opera and Broadway stars, along with heavy-hitting philanthropists on the guest list. But that's all secondary to what Ginsburg's involvement symbolizes. Here's what she told the paper:

“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...It won’t be long before there will be another [justice officiating a same-sex marriage]”

Kaiser said that he “can’t imagine someone I’d rather be married by.”

Just months after the Supreme Court threw out most of the federal restrictions on recognition of same-sex marriages, a Supreme Court justice will become a participant in one. But she's far from the only Supreme Court justice to celebrate the joy of marriage by officiating for a friend: Justice Clarence Thomas conducted Rush Limbaugh's third marriage in 1994, held at the Justice's home. Limbaugh has since divorced and remarried.

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