USA: Two Supreme Court Justices, Two Takes on Marriage Equality

Written by scott on October 4th, 2013

US Supreme CourtWe have a couple stories coming out of the US Supreme Court today, specifically about two Supreme Court justices. First off, Justice Antonin Scalia claims he’s never expressed his view about gay marriage.

Queerty reports:

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wants you to know that he’s never expressed his opinion on the constitutionality of marriage equality. Speaking at Tufts University, Scalia said with a straight (in every sense) face, “I haven’t expressed my view about gay marriage.” Just in case you thought that his voting to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act might have tipped his hand on where he stood, Scalia kindly clarified. “The issue in the DOMA case was not whether the Constitution requires states to allow gay marriage. The question is whether Congress can define marriage in all of the statues that Congress enacted to mean only marriage between a man and a woman.”

So is Scalia about to come out as a rainbow flag waving gay-rights activists? Don’t hold your breath.

In other Supreme Court news, Justice Anthony Kennedy expresses surprise about how far the gay rights movement has come.

On Top Magazine reports:

The 77-year-old Kennedy, who wrote the landmark ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, is teaching this week at the University of Pennsylvania law school. “We live in an era of time compression. It’s simply stunning to me to see the change in attitudes,” Kennedy said, a reference to gay rights. “It’s something I didn’t think about or know about as a kid. But the nature of injustice is, you can’t see it in your own time,” Kennedy, who grew up in northern California, is quoted by the AP as telling the school’s faculty.

School’s back in session Monday for the court.

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