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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg performed a same-sex wedding Saturday in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation's highest court.

Ginsburg officiated the wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser and John Roberts, a government economist. Kaiser says he asked Ginsburg to conduct the ceremony because she's a longtime friend.

The private ceremony took place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a memorial to President John F. Kennedy. The 80-year-old Ginsburg, an opera lover, is a frequent guest at the center.

Justices generally avoid taking stands on political issues. But the wedding comes after the court's landmark ruling to expand federal recognition of same-sex marriages, striking down part of an anti-gay marriage law.

While hearing arguments in that case, Ginsburg argued for treating marriages equally, saying the law had created two classes of marriage, full and "skim-milk marriage.''

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