Same-Sex Marriage at Supreme Court: Justice O’Connor Presiding

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Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is escorted by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) after testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 25, 2012 in Washington, DC.

There was no bell tower.

Yet at the courthouse where gay Americans have won greater conjugal rights, vows were made today.

And Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presided.

The same-sex wedding conducted at the Supreme Court united Jeffrey Trammell and Stuart Serkin.

The retired O’Connor knows Trammell from her days at The College of William & Mary, where she was chancellor and he is rector.

The ceremony took place in the lawyer’s lounge of the court, according to court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg.

That is just off the courtroom where the sitting justices delivered a pair of 5-4 decisions in June that stopped short of legalizing gay marriage across the country yet struck down a federal law barring benefits for spouses in same-sex marriages.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Washington, D.C., since 2010.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at a same-sex wedding Aug. 31, the first for a sitting member of the court.

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