Monday, September 27, 2010

With Justice for….???

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has never been what we’d see as an advocate for the movement for LGBT equality. His dissenting opinion in 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas compares anti-sodomy laws to anti-child molestation and laws against bestiality and incest.

But recently his “originalist” rhetoric simply went too far. Scalia has now claimed (on the record) that the U.S. Constitution provides no civil rights protections based on gender or sexual orientation. He also claims that the 14th amendment should not be applied to issues of gender bias or discrimination based on sexual orientation because it was not what was intended in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Scalia believes that the Constitution and its amendments should be interpreted in the context of those lawmakers who wrote them and the time period in which they lived and claims that "You do not need the Constitution to reflect the views of current society.”

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