Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first member of the Supreme Court to perform a same-sex wedding, when she officiates the union of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and his partner, economist John Roberts, tomorrow.
Ginsburg, who has given statements in support of full LGBT equality before, may have been holding off on such an act until after the Court ruled on DOMA and Prop 8, lest she be considered biased. (Washington, DC, legalized marriage equality in 2010.)
“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, 80, said in a recent interview. “It won’t be long before there will be another” same-sex wedding performed by SCOTUS justice. In fact, Ginsburg, 80, already has another same-sex wedding scheduled for September.
Justice Ginsburg is old friends with Kaiser, who’s been at the Kennedy Center since 2001 and is considered a Power Gay in the nation’s capital. “I can’t imagine someone I’d rather be married by [than Ruth],” he said.The Washington Post has the deets:
Kaiser and Roberts are scheduled to be married in the Kennedy Center atrium Saturday night before 220 guests. Invited are stars of opera (Renee Fleming, Harolyn Blackwell), from Broadway (Ron Raines, Barbara Cook) and an array of some of Washington’s most influential philanthropic and arts patrons, such as Richard and Betsy DeVos, Catherine and Wayne Reynolds and Jacqueline Mars.
We’re gonna take a guess and say Justice Scalia’s invitation got, um, lost in the mail.