Justice Ginsburg Set to Become First Member of SCOTUS to Officiate Same-Sex Wedding
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first member of SCOTUS to officiate a same-sex wedding this evening according to the Washington Post. The Washington ceremony is taking place between Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser, 51, and his partner John Roberts, 31, who is an economist with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The couple met two years ago and Kaiser proposed to Roberts last year while traveling to Rome together. It's commonplace for justices to officiate weddings of those they're close with (Clarence Thomas officiated Rush Limbaugh's third marriage, but the only one that was sacred in the eye's of God and should last - oh wait).
The wedding tonight will take place at the Kennedy Center Atrium with 220 of the fanciest of pants guests, including "influential philanthropic and arts patrons" like the DeVos and Mars families. Festivities are to include opera performances, cotillion, and watching single out-of-work single mothers fighting over Food Stamps for sport.
Since SCOTUS' repeal of DOMA and the legalization of same sex marriage in 13 states and D.C., the act of justices officiating such weddings is no longer a political tipping of the hand. Ginsburg is set to officiate her second same-sex wedding in September.
“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,” Ginsburg said in a recent interview.