Supreme Court Justice and all-around dope person Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first SCOTUS justice to officiate a same-sex wedding tonight when she marries Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts (not Ginsburg's colleague).
Kaiser, 59, has run the Kennedy Center since 2001 and is close friends with Ginsburg, who is an "ardent supporter of the fine arts." Kaiser met Roberts, 31, an economist with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, about two years ago at a gym and proposed last year on a flight to Rome.
The two will wed tonight in the Kennedy Center Atrium in front of 220 invited guests, who will include opera and Broadway stars, as well as "influential philanthropic and arts patrons" like the DeVos and Mars families.
Supreme Court Justices often officiate ceremonies for friends and family (Ginsburg officiated her son's wedding and Clarence Thomas officiated Rush Limbaugh's third marriage), but Ginsburg says that no justice has officiated a same-sex ceremony because the issue hadn't yet been decided.
Now that DOMA has been repealed — Ginsburg was in the 5-4 majority overturning a key provision — Ginsburg's gay wedding circuit is filling up. She will officiate another ceremony for Washington Post food writer David Hagedorn and his fiancé, National Weather Service director of communications Michael Widomski on September 26.