First it was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiating at a same-sex wedding at the Supreme Court. Now it’s retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. On Tuesday, the 83-year-old O’Connor presided at the wedding of Jeffrey Trammell and Stuart Serkin in the court lawyer’s lounge. Trammell is a long-time Democratic political operative and D.C. lobbyist, and Serkin is his partner of 36 years.
O’Connor, who was appointed by Ronald Reagan, wasn’t always a leader on gay issues. She supported the Boy Scouts of America’s right to ban gay scoutmasters, for example. In one of her last decisions before retiring, she agreed with the court majority striking down same-sex sodomy laws, but said that the laws would be constitutional if they banned all types of sodomy. In the end, it’s the personal relationships that seem to count. In that case, don’t look for Antonin Scalia to be officiating at any weddings in the near future.
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