Justice Ginsburg to Officiate at Same-Sex Wedding in D.C.

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is performing a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation’s highest court.

Ginsburg is officiating at the marriage of Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and John Roberts, a government economist, on Saturday. Kaiser says he asked Ginsburg to officiate because she is a longtime friend.

The private ceremony is taking place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a memorial to President John F. Kennedy. The 80-year-old Ginsburg, an opera lover, is a frequent guest at the center.

Justices generally avoid taking stands on political issues. The wedding, though, comes after the court’s landmark ruling in June to expand federal recognition of same-sex marriages, striking down part of an anti-gay marriage law.

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