Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia describes gay rights cases as ‘easy’

Justice Antonin Scalia doesn't think that gay rights cases require that much thinking

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia describes gay rights cases as ‘easy’
06 October 2012

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia isn’t spending much of his intellectual power over gay rights cases.

The justice, well known for his opposition to LGBT legal cases, told an audience that when it comes to gay rights there’s not much to consider.

‘Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state,’ Scalia said to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute, as reported by the website Politico. The AEI is a not-for-profit think tank. 

During his time on the country’s highest court, Scalia has made his opposition to gay rights well known. In Lawrence v. Texas, the criminal case that abolished anti-sodomy laws, the conservative judge wrote in his dissent the court had joined ‘the so-called homosexual agenda.’

Gay marriage rights cases will more than likely be heard by the court in its recent term. The most well known is related to California’s Proposition 8. A federal appellate court struck down a state law which stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry. Anti-same sex marriage advocates appealed the decision.

It’s rumored the justices will announce which cases will be heard after the November election.



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