Gay Issues

How Does Supreme Court Justice Scalia Justify Gay Bias?

| by Jerome McCollom

Antonin Scalia, unfortunately a justice on the United States Supreme Court, really doesn't care that much for individual rights and liberty. In fact, he is one of the reasons why we have a Bill of Rights, to protect us against people like him.

See, on the right wing there are people who like to call themselves, ironically, Constitutionalists. The idea they have is that the Constitution's rights and protections on individual liberty are very, very narrow. As narrow as possible. As narrow as between a neutron and a proton. 

According them it might be right for the government to say there is no freedom to read a newspaper, because the Constitution only guarantees explicitly the right to print one under freedom of the press. Maybe I am wrong, but if there is ever a court case on that very issue, I have my doubts that Scalia and others like him (such as fellow rightwing Justice and mute Clarence Thomas) will protect my right to read that newspaper or your right to read my column. 

Well, Scalia has stated that gender or sexual orientation are not protected by the Constitution. Antonin Scalia should reread the 14th Amendment. Here is the part that deals with equal protection, "nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

The wording is clear, all citizen are equal under the law. This amendment does not state in the least bit that it only applies to certain categories of equal protection, if that was so, it would say so. If it only wanted to apply to race, it could have easily been written to only apply to race. I urge Scalia to retake first year Constitutional law.

Last, do we really want someone on the court who ignores the clear text of the Constitution because he doesn't really like a group or because gays are disliked by most readers of WND? What if Scalia said that religious groups aren't afforded equal protection? What if all federal legislative protections of religion were struck down, would anyone state the 14th Amendment doesn't give equal protections to religious groups?