Ruth Bader Ginsburg Just Threw Some Shade About Same-Sex Marriage

With the rights of millions of LGBT people in the balance, the Supreme Court justice officiated at the nuptials of a gay couple last weekend.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiating at the wedding of a same-sex couple at the Kennedy Center in August 2013. (Photo: Courtesy The Kennedy Center)

May 18, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

When arguments for and against same-sex marriage were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court late last month, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg grilled attorneys about their notions of wedded bliss. She pointed out that marriage has changed quite a lot over the centuries—after all, wedlock used to be about a man assuming ownership of a woman, in many ways.

This past weekend, Ginsburg hinted further at where she stands on the issue by officiating a gay marriage where spectators said she leaned heavily on the word “Constitution” in a ceremony that isn’t usually dependent on naming this country’s guiding legal document, The New York Times reports. The wedding comes weeks before the court is expected to rule on the legality of same-sex marriage.

Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses for LGBT couples, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT rights advocacy group. The Supreme Court's decision could mean all states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriage, or it could rule more narrowly. A decision could come at any time but is expected in June or early July.

Ginsburg isn’t the only justice to stand at the altar in support of same-sex marriage, but she was the first to do so back in 2013. Justices Elena Kagan and Sandra Day O’Connor have also presided over same-sex weddings.

On the other hand, Justice Clarence Thomas officiated the wedding of conservative radio-talk-show spitfire Rush Limbaugh and an aerobics instructor in 1994. The couple later divorced.