It would come as a surprise to no one if US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia votes against making same-sex marriage legal nationwide later this year.
But he doesn’t want to be labeled as anti-gay.
The staunchly conservative Scalia voted against the gutting of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and last week was on the losing end of a vote to extend the ban against gay marriage in Alabama.
Scalia had also previously referred to gays as an ‘invented minority.’
During an appearance at George Washington University on Thursday (12 February) with fellow justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Scalia said of his votes: “… Don’t paint me as anti-gay or anti-abortion or anything else. All I’m doing on the Supreme Court is opining about who should decide.’
The high court will next decide cases in four different states and their ruling is expected to decide the issue, once and for all, for the entire nation. Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia.
‘The issue of gay rights, on abortion, on many of the issues in which Ruth’s opinions and mine differ does not pertain to the substance,’ Scalia said. ‘It doesn’t pertain to whether gay people ought to have those rights or whether there ought to be a constitutional right or a right to an abortion.
‘That isn’t the issue. The issue is who decides,’ he added. ‘That’s all. I don’t have any public views on any of those things. The point is who decides? Should these decisions be made by the Supreme Court without any text in the Constitution or any history in the Constitution to support imposing on the whole country or is it a matter left to the people?’
H/T: Washington Blade