Ruth Bader Ginsburg During DOMA Case: There's 'Full Marriage' & 'Skim Milk Marriage' (AUDIO)

LISTEN: Justice Ginsberg Lightens Mood With 'Skim Milk' Marriage Joke (AUDIO)

During Wednesday's oral arguments in United States v. Windsor case at the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg received laughs for interpreting DOMA attorney Paul Clement's statements as diminishing the benefits that come with marriage.

"You are really diminishing what the state has said is marriage," Ginsburg said to Clement.

"There's two kinds of marriage, there's full marriage and then there's sort of skim milk marriage," continued Ginsburg, referring to Clement's argument.

"[Marriage benefits] affect every aspect of life," Ginsburg said.

This is the second gay marriage case heard by the Supreme Court in two days. On Tuesday, arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage law, were heard. A ruling on United States v. Windsor will come this June.

Listen to Justice Ginsburg's comments above.

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