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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Subtly Emphasizes Constitutionality of Same-Sex Marriage While Officiating Gay Wedding


Notorious RBG proves once again she doesn't mind making NOM and the other anti-gay groups' blood boil, as the NYT explains:

Wearing her black robe with her signature white lace collar, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the marriage on Sunday afternoon of Michael Kahn, the longtime artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York.

The gilded setting was elegant: Anderson House in the Embassy Row neighborhood, the headquarters in Washington of the Society of the Cincinnati, a club for the descendants of the French and American soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. During the ceremony, the couple slipped black and gold Harry Winston rings onto each other’s fingers.

But the most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.

This is Ginsburg's third time officiating a same-sex wedding. She has previously said America is ready for nationwide marriage equality

A ruling in the same-sex marriage case is expected late June. 

Natalie Portman to Play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Upcoming Film


Natalie Portman will play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis of Sex, an upcoming film about the life and career of the "notorious" Supreme Court justice, Deadline reports:

The script, which follows the travails of Ginsburg as she faced numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights throughout her career, was written by Daniel Stiepleman and made the 2014 Black List. Robert W. Cort is producing with Ram Bergman exec producing.

Ginsberg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Clinton, becoming only the second female justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and the first Jewish female justice. Prior to that, she developed a reputation as a keen advocate for the advancement of women’s rights. Time magazine this year labeled her an “Icon” in its Time 100.

Marielle Heller (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) in talks to direct.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Returns to Weekend Update to Fire Off Some 'Ginsburns' On Gay Marriage: VIDEO


Returning to the Weekend Update desk on SNL this Saturday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon) took aim at Tuesday's oral arguments in the gay marriage case.

"The arguments I heard were so weak, I just hope they're not holding up Justice Scalia's chair," zinged Ginsburg. 

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Cynthia Nixon Reveals Which Sex and the City Gal Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Michele Bachmann Are: VIDEO


While stopping by Watch What Happens Live! last night, Cynthia Nixon played a round of everyone's favorite categorization game inspired by the four ladies of Sex and the City

Find out how Miranda herself sorts Queen Elizabeth II, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gandhi, Michele Bachmann, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and Lena Dunham AFTER THE JUMP...

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Justice Ginsburg Tackles Idea that Marriage Definition Has Existed for Millennia


Paul Gordon is Senior Legislative Counsel, People For The American Way

One of the words being bandied about at this morning’s oral arguments in the marriage cases was “millennia.”  One of the anti-equality side’s main talking points is that equality proponents are asking the Justices to “redefine marriage,” as if marriage has been static in nature for time immemorial. Justice Kennedy raised this issue early in oral arguments. As reported in the Washington Post:

Ginsburg10:06 a.m.: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who is believed to be the deciding vote in this case, quickly jumped in with a question about the long-standing view of marriage as between two members of the opposite sex. “The word that keeps coming back to me is ‘millennia,’ ” he said.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in the United States for only about a decade, since Massachusetts legalized it in 2006, Kennedy said. “I don’t even know how to count the decimals,” he said. “This definition has been with us for millennia.”

Perhaps no one is better qualified to tackle this aspect of the case than Justice Ginsburg. As live-blogged by SCOTUSBlog:

One seemingly striking moment came when Justice Ginsburg spoke of how it was recent changes to the institution of marriage that made it appropriate for gay and lesbian couples -- in particular, it becoming an egalitarian institution rather than one dominated by the male partners who determined where and how the couple would live.

Indeed, the idea of marriage as the voluntary union of two lawful equals is hardly one that goes back millennia, or even to our nation’s founding.  For much of American history, women who got married actually lost their civil identities as individuals, being seen in the eyes of the law only as the wives of their husbands, who had all the legal rights.  In the 19th century, it was considered a major reform to allow a woman to keep her own property in her own name after she married, rather than having it automatically transfer to her husband.  A more recent reform is that a wife is not automatically considered to have given consent to her husband for sexual intercourse.

Marriage as it is practiced in our country is hardly millennia old.  Much of what defined marriage in U.S. history would today be struck down as violating the rights of women under the 14th Amendment.  When a New York court in the 1980s struck down that state’s rape exemption that allowed men to rape their wives, the judge opened his opinion with quotation from John Stuart Mill’s 1869 essay The Subjection of Women:  "Marriage is the only actual bondage known to our law. There remain no legal slaves, except the mistress of every house."

But the court that struck down the spousal rape exemption more than a century after that was written was not engaged in an illegitimate “redefinition” of marriage.  It was simply enforcing the 14th Amendment, as the Supreme Court is being asked to do today.

This post originally appeared at People for the American Way.

You can listen to audio of the SCOTUS hearings and read the transcripts HERE.

Our legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman has posted his initial analysis of the arguments in four parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. We suggest starting with the first.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fires Off Notorious Zingers on Gay Marriage and More in SNL Weekend Update Visit: VIDEO

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon) stopped by the Weekend Update desk on SNL this past Saturday to prove that she's still still as sharp and spry as ever - age be damned.

Ginsburg shared her morning work-out routine ("100 push ups, 100 laps in the bathtub, and then I do my P90X where I pee 90 times") before firing off some zingers on Justice Antonin Scalia, Alabama, gay marriage, Madonna, and more.

Notorious R.B.G. also revealed she has the hots for Bruno Mars saying, "I like my men like I like my decisions, 5-4!"

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