Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiates at same-sex wedding
WASHINGTON (KABC) -- 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.
same-sex marriage, washington d.c., national news
- NKorea deports captive American war veteran
- Covina home-invasion robbery: girl, dad shot
- Ex-detective arrested for tipping off gang
- Nelson Mandela's legacy honored around world
- 'Valley Bandit' wanted for 8 bank robberies
- Family settles over Chino school gun accident
- Suspected heist reported, 12 tons of pot found
- New Mexico cop fired after minivan shooting
- abcnews: Bill Clinton reveals insights from Mandela
- 6 detained in theft of radioactive material
- Smartphone apps for a better night's sleep
- Long Beach motorcycle show offers demo rides
- 'Out of the Furnace' showcases pacing, acting
- OTRC: Grammys 2014 - list of nominees
- Latest weather with Bri Winkler
6 min ago