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Sotomayor presides over same-sex wedding


October 13, 2015 at 12:30 am EDT | by

Chris Johnson

U.S. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor performed the wedding of Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino. (photo courtesy Catherine Pino)

U.S. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor officiated on Saturday the wedding of a lesbian couple with a history of LGBT advocacy, the Washington Blade has learned.

Sotomayor performed the wedding of Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino, who are founders of D&P Creative Strategies. The organization seeks to increase the role of corporate, legislative and philanthropic efforts in addressing concerns of Latinos, women and LGBT people.

According to one source familiar with the event, the wedding took place in D.C. at Potomac View Terrace. U.S. Treasurer Rosa Gumataotao Rios, Rep. Xavier Beccera (D-Calif.), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) were present for the ceremony, the source said.

Sotomayor is now the third sitting justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who is known to have performed a same-sex marriage. U.S. Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan have previously presided over such ceremonies. In August, Ginsburg also renewed the vows of U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius to his spouse, Clayton Bond.

When the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its historic ruling for nationwide same-sex marriage in June, Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, joined U.S. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion. Sotomayor also was in the majority for the decision against the Defense of Marriage Act, but was in the dissent in the ruling that determined opponents of Prop 8 didn’t have standing in court, which restored marriage equality to California.


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