US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to become the first Supreme Court justice to officiate at the wedding of a gay couple in a ceremony to be conducted later today (Saturday).
The wedding between the Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and the economist John Roberts will take place at the Washington DC Performing Arts Center.
“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,” Mrs Ginsburg said.
She added: “It won’t be long before there will be another” performed by a justice. She has already agreed to conduct a second wedding next month.
“I can’t imagine someone I’d rather be married by” Mr Kaiser said.
In June, the court ruled ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between one man and one woman was unconstitutional, paving the way for over 1,100 benefits, previously not afforded to same-sex couples.
The clear-cut ruling was made on the case of United States v Windsor.
The opinion read: “DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.” It also overturned California’s Prop 8 ban on gay couples marrying.