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Justice Antonin Scalia made headlines today when he implied the Constitution doesn’t give anybody a right to engage in “homosexual sodomy.” The outspoken justice’s anti-gay sentiment runs pretty deep and is shockingly apparent in a dissent he wrote back in 2003 when the court struck down Texas’ sodomy law.
In Scalia’s colourful dissent, he warned against forcing states to decriminalize “homosexual acts” without a democratic majority, and feared the court had taken sides in a culture war.
“Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home.”
But Scalia was careful to stress that he has “nothing against homosexuals, or any other group, promoting their agenda through normal democratic means.”
Striking a prescient note, Scalia seemed freaked out that the ruling would pave the way for gay marriage because the majority ruled Texas’ law discriminated against gay people “as a class.”
“This reasoning leaves on pretty shaky grounds state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples.”
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