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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thrills Bride With Reply to Wedding Invite

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends California first lady Maria Shriver's annual Women's Conference 2010 on October 26, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.Getty Images file

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When Staci Zaretsky and Chris Merritt created the guest list for their upcoming nuptials, they decided to invite anyone who had made an impact on their lives. For the bride-to-be, one of those people was Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom Zaretsky says has been her favorite justice since law school, where she met her fiance. "She's a champion of women's rights," Zaretsky, a writer and editor at the legal website Above the Law, said in an email to NBC News. "You don't need to have read her powerful dissent in the Hobby Lobby case to see how much she truly cares about advancing women's legal rights in this country."

What the Mahwah, New Jersey, resident didn't expect was that Ginsburg would not only reply, but send a personalized note. "We hadn't received an RSVP to the wedding in days, and then all of a sudden, I had a letter from my favorite Supreme Court justice in my hands," Zaretsky told NBC News. "I cried, but they were very happy tears."

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s letter to bride-to-be Staci Zaretsky, who invited the justice to her upcoming wedding.Staci Zaretsky

Ginsburg, whom Zaretsky and her fiance affectionately call "the Notorious RBG," wrote that she would be out of town during the late August wedding, but appreciated the invite. Zaretsky said she plans to frame RBG's RSVP. "Maybe we'll hang it between our law school diplomas."

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