Justice Ginsburg Presides at Same-Sex Wedding

(Credit: Margot Schulman)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided at a same-sex wedding Saturday evening at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The wedding was between Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, who is a longtime friend of hers, and John Roberts, a government economist.

Kaiser told The Associated Press he asked Ginsburg to officiate.

"It's very meaningful mostly to have a friend officiate, and then for someone of her stature, it's a very big honor," Kaiser said. "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."

Ginsburg released a statement Friday calling Kaiser "a friend and someone I much admire."

"That is why I am officiating at his wedding," she said.

When the court heard arguments over whether same-sex couples should receive the same federal rights as heterosexual married couples, Ginsburg argued that all married couples should be treated equally.