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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiates at same-sex wedding

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiates at the wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and government economist John Roberts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (Margot Schulman/Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
August 31, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at a same-sex wedding at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser married government economist John Roberts. Kaiser asked Ginsburg to preside over the ceremony. The two are longtime friends.

"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, citing her friendship with and admiration for Kaiser as the reasons she officiated at the union.

Ginsburg reportedly has another ceremony planned for September.

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.

Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and 13 states.

ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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