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Sonia Sotomayor Declined Quaaludes on Her Wedding Night [Updated]

US Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor during a press conference in San Salvador on August 16, 2011.
High on life. Photo: Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images

Sonia Sotomayor’s seven-year marriage to her college sweetheart, Kevin Noonan, got off to an inauspicious start in August of 1976, according to the Supreme Court justice’s upcoming memoir. The AP, which got its hands on the book more than a month early, reports that on their wedding night, Noonan “produced a bag of Quaaludes that was a gift from his friends,” even though Bag of Quaaludes is traditionally more of a fifth-anniversary gift. Sotomayor “insisted he flush the pills down the toilet,” and then we imagine things got awkward.

Update: Noonan, now a biotechnology patent lawyer, tells us via e-mail, “It was a long time ago, and a funny story. For the record, neither one of us used Quaaludes.

Sotomayor Rejected Quaaludes on Wedding Night