Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hinted at what his dissenting opinion will be in the upcoming marriage equality case that will be heard by the court, probably at the end of April. But one thing we wants everyone to understand is that he isn’t “anti-gay.”
According to the Washington Blade, Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at George Washington University.
Scalia asked the audience not to paint him as “anti-gay,” saying his opinion when the court rules this spring will not pertain to the “substance” of whether couples should have the right to marry.
“That isn’t the issue,” he said. “The issue 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?”
Ginsburg responded by stating that a societal change had led the court to pro-equality rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8.
“We looked to see who they are,” Ginsburg said of gay people. “They turned out to be our next door neighbor of whom we’re very fond. They turned out to be our child’s best friend — perhaps even our child. I think that accounts for the very swift change.”
Ginsburg has performed at least two same-sex weddings.