Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Verdict

Publication Date

9-3-2013

Abstract

There is a first time for everything. This past weekend, it was the first time a Supreme Court justice performed a gay wedding. It was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the five justices who voted in United States v. Windsor to invalidate the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on constitutional grounds. There is no legal connection between these two events: The District of Columbia, where the wedding took place, legalized same-sex marriage of its own accord, and the ruling in Windsor stops the federal government from refusing to recognize valid same-sex marriages. But the solemnization of a gay wedding in a very public place—the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, of which one of the spouses is the current president—by a Supreme Court Justice signifies the normalization of same-sex marriage and the inevitable march towards full acceptance of it.

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