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Scalia: Homosexuality is a moral issue that people, not judges, should decide

Saturday, June 22, 2013

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two landmark cases involving same-sex marriage, Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday cited homosexuality as a moral issue that the American people, not judges, should decide.

Speaking at a North Carolina Bar Association meeting on Friday, Scalia said that judges shouldn’t venture into the moral components of issues such as abortion, the death penalty and same-sex marriage because they’re no more qualified than anyone else.

Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

“I am questioning the propriety, the sanity of having a value-laden decision such as this made for the entire society by unelected judges,” Scalia told about 400 attorneys and judges attending the annual meeting. “We have become addicted to abstract moralizing.”

The outspoken conservative has said he believes the Constitution should be interpreted as it would have been understood when it was adopted in the late 1700s.

But the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion until a fetus is viable outside a woman’s womb was perhaps the prime example of the high court believing the Constitution should adapt to changing times, Scalia said according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

“Beginning with the cruel and unusual punishment clause of our Eighth Amendment, we developed the doctrine that the meaning of the Constitution could change over time,” Scalis said. “We held laws against private consensual sodomy, laws that existed in perfect conformity with the Constitution for over 200 years, to be impermissible.”

But under “a regime of static law,” it wasn’t difficult to decide whether there was a right to an abortion, assisted suicide or “homosexual conduct” under the Constitution, Scalia said. He titled his speech “Mullahs of the West: Judges as Moral Arbiters.”

Scalia acknowledged that his opinion is not universally shared. Many legal scholars and judges – including some of his colleagues on the Supreme Court – believe in a “living Constitution” that reflects “evolving standards of decency.”

Scalia, 77, has served on the high court since 1986.

The court is expected to rule within days whether on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, and a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. chicken s**t

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:13pm
  2. Ugh. Rachel Maddow is so right. This guy is a troll.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:14pm
  3. What’s to decide? Being gay is no more immoral then being straight. Silly person.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:15pm
  4. Oh just shut up and declare Prop 8 unconstitutional.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:15pm
  5. Boooo!!!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:15pm
  6. But we are treated like second class citizens when only “people” are involved. That’s why “judges” got involved in the first place. Was segregation a moral issue just for people? What an idiot.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:16pm
  7. Why now! What took so long! But, thanks…

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:16pm
  8. asshole

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:16pm
  9. He’s so full of sh*t that breath stinks. He needs to be a man and make a fu*king decision that will finally provide marriage equality for same-sex couples.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:16pm
  10. This guy is brainwashed with bigotry.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  11. Le Sigh.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  12. Words cannot express how much I despise this cretin.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  13. So I interpret the Constitution that says we must be governed by 3 party system. Why don’t you make that happen?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  14. News Flash – homosexuality is not a moral issue, nor is it a disease and it is not a choice. No one chooses to be gay and more than one chooses to be non-gay. It IS a justice issue when millions of lgbt persons are denied the same rights afforded all others.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  15. Retirement time !

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  16. Yes, homosexuality – like hair color, height, or the ability to sing on key – is clearly a moral issue. What a ridiculous thing to say.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  17. He needs t0 learn t0 STFU about pending legal issues, but then that w0uld require that he have a c0mplete pers0nality transplant, w0uldn’t it?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  18. Oh no he dih unh!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:17pm
  19. so is theft, so should we just let wallstreet figure it out on their own?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:18pm
  20. Morality as decided by the people, is embodied in the law; the interpretaton of that law is the responsibility of Judges.

    If Scalia doesnt understand that he should resign; second thoughts he should just resign anyway.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:18pm
  21. Stupid

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:18pm
  22. Scanklia is a big butthole ! What I wanted to type would get me banned from facebook :(

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:19pm
  23. People like him are the ones that go behind their wife’s back and gets a teen boy in the bed for their pleasure. They are the ones to be afraid of. Can’t stand people like that, they talk shit and they are the ones with no moral.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:19pm
  24. no its not!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:19pm
  25. It’s about time for this relic to retire.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:19pm
  26. 1. We’re not asking about your morality. The case is determined on LEGALITY. Seriously, we don’t care if you love talking about ‘sodomy’, Scalia.
    2. What does a static constitution accomplish then? Technology changes, and cases involving improved sciences and communication are decided every session. Why should that not be the case for human rights as well? let’s remember that slavery was interpreted as legal under the Constitution for a long time.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:19pm
  27. only a lousy bastard would say that

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:20pm
  28. If only one of them were gay, it would be easier to understand why gay people matter….

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:20pm
  29. Why is that obnoxious sack of bigot shit talking about the case before the decision is issued, as though the Plaintiffs have no right to have their cases decided by an impartial and professional judge?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:20pm
  30. I have no idea what he means……makes me think he is the dissenting opinion coming out, which could be good….

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:21pm
  31. decide?…

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:21pm
  32. No one care about Scalia.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:22pm
  33. What a disgusting pig he is.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:22pm
  34. I wish this guy would retire.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:22pm
  35. So we’ve always known his position. How will the rest vote?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:22pm
  36. He didn’t say that when I was blowing him.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:22pm
  37. He only wants people to decide, because he knows they’ll make the bigoted decisions he happens to agree with. A judge’s role is NOT to try and bring us closer to direct democracy.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:23pm
  38. Scalia is wrong, it must be a day that ends in ‘y’.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:24pm
  39. What an idiot.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:24pm
  40. Azzwipe

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:24pm
  41. There is a certain haughty ambiguity in the statements quoted, as it seems that while Scalia decries ‘un-elected’ judges making collective moral decisions, he holds that power in reserve for himself and his colleagues on the Supreme Court.
    This does not bode well, in predicting how he will vote on the issue of same-sex marriage, nor does it indicate, one way or the other, what his decision will be.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:24pm
  42. I bet some said that about racism.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:25pm
  43. It’s good that people make laws, not judges then. -_-

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:25pm
  44. homosexuality is NOT a moral issue, idiot! Marriage equality is a constitutional issue.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:27pm
  45. Retire to a 55+ community in Florida.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:28pm
  46. I kind of agree with that statement. People should decide if they want a gay marriage or not. Not judges, not congress, and definitely not Churches. People should decide their moral compass for themselves and gay marry or not gay marry as they will. Unfortunately, since there are groups of people who believe they have the Right to push their “morality” on everyone, we need judges to intervene. This will remain true until people quit being bigoted policy pushers giving one group of people more rights than another.

    (And yes, I know, this jerk was implying that his morality should decide everyones pursuit of happiness, and that I wholeheartedly disagree with for the reasons stated above.)

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:29pm
  47. Homosexuality is a human existence not condition.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:30pm
  48. it’s not about morals it is about equality and discrimination. And on top of that we live in a constitutional republic thus preventing “mob rule”

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:31pm
  49. I thought it was a human right, not a morality issue

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:32pm
  50. …perfectly good heart attack wasted on Jim Gandolfini.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:33pm
  51. Human right, Monday can’t come soon enough.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:34pm
  52. this country is founded on constitutional principles, not biblical one. shouldn’t you know that where you’re sitting?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:37pm
  53. homosexuality is NOT a moral issue. Homosexuals are human beings and not a choice or “issue”. It is a life. The bigotry, ignorant rants, denying a singled out group basic rights and freedoms and violence against gay citizens ARE the moral issues, not the people oppressed. Guess we can count this asshat out on doing the right thing in his upcoming decision

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:40pm
  54. He Resigns or walks away from this case and the vote will be 4-4 and we wont have a final result. Let him say no and be on the wrong side of history. In my opinion there should be a gag order on the court and all members talking to public groups he needs to be told that he should not be allowed to talk in any way about these court cases up until the vote is decided.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:43pm
  55. Did anyone expect any less from this douche bag

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:44pm
  56. So, he did the consistent thing and abstained, right?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:47pm
  57. He’s still deranged. Homosexuality isn’t a moral issue at all. Not even in the Bible, which never even mentions it. It’s a human condition, and letting people decide on it is as stupid as letting people decide on whether people should be left-handed! I mean, duh! 3:)

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:47pm
  58. i hope he resigns and that the judges make the right choice on monday or thursday these judges made the choice back when it was being decided for blacks to marry whites they can make the right decision again as they should

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:47pm
  59. Then he should recuse himself

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:50pm
  60. The morality of homosexuality is not at issue here. It should be left up to indviduals whether or not they think homosexuality is ok and if they want homosexuals in their personal lives. The issue is with how we are treated by the laws of the land. That is a legal issue, not a moral one. He and those like him are never going to be able to get passed the old way of thinking about people. I can’t wait until they are all dead and gone so that we can get on with destroying the planet and forget all of the “isms” we’ve been concentrating on for so long.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:51pm
  61. civil rights is a legal issue

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:51pm
  62. We’ve had people decide it once… it was wrought with out of state funding and special interests groups campaigning for something that would not effect them in their home states nor at all in general. The bill that passed was confusing to people, mostly older people. Even my own Grandmother was confused by it and she’s a staunch liberal who wants people just to be happy. Let the people decide and you’ll get corruption and tricked votes! This is a case for the highest courts of the land, let them decide it now.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:52pm
  63. He voted that corporations are people?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 4:56pm
  64. well if he wasn’t such an idiot, he’d realize we’re not asking him to decide how he feels about gay people, we’re asking him whether he thinks systematic discrimination is constitutional or not. [spoiler: there's a right and wrong answer here that has everything to do with ethics and nothing to do with personal morals].

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:01pm
  65. BS

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:01pm
  66. scalia is a dick, always has been always will be

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:04pm
  67. Scalia knows he can’t win and will piss people off no matter what decision he makes–so he’d rather not do it at all.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:04pm
  68. alioto is a bum too…

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:05pm
  69. Scalia will vote against it. That much isn’t even remotely ambiguous — he’s made it abundantly clear in past statements that he believes homosexuality is equally as morally reprehensible as murder, and that he believes that the only rights a homosexual person should have are “no rights whatsoever.”

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:07pm
  70. Bologna! Slavery would still be live and well with that argument. Whose morals, and what makes them so much more righteous and better than others?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:07pm
  71. It’s none of your business Scabby. My equal rights are not up for popular debate. And no, you personally don’t have to like it. Land of the free!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:07pm
  72. he’s right; it IS a moral issue. it is IMMORAL to deny people rights just because they love differently than you do. just as people are born from different races, different eye color, some people are born with extra fingers or toes, some people are born loving differently than most. they are not looking for “extra” rights, they only wish to be treated the same way as EVERYBODY ELSE.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:09pm
  73. And yet, in these statements, he decries the moral authority of the judiciary, claiming that such moral authority rests in the citizenry. It will be interesting, at best, if he fails to ‘wash his hands’ (a la Pontius Pilate) in rendering his decision. If he doesn’t recuse himself after making such statments, then we can point a strong finger (I won’t dictate which) in his direction and the world will know he’s a fraud.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:14pm
  74. Ain’t that the madam calling the whore cheap…

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:14pm
  75. Morality of any particular brand is not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Ethics, sure….as best as we can nationally appreciate them at any point in our history. The proprietary morality of any one religion (or even a conservative clutch of them) is not and should never be the basis of rulings in civil law.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:15pm
  76. you jackass it is not homosexuality here it is EQUALITY as per the constitution..which YOU are supposed to use as a LAW..NOT your own or even people opinoin..since in some minds BLACK is a sin

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:16pm
  77. Is anyone surprised this is Scalia’s position?! I’m not.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:20pm
  78. Uuuuggggghhhh! This cretin should be 6 feet under a ROCK!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:32pm
  79. So he’s going to make a judgement based on his ‘PERSONAL’ opinions? Should be he talking about such cases outside of the Court systems? I’m a little confused on this subject, since he is a judge to the Highest court in the land I don’t believe he should be talking about this outside of the court room…

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:44pm
  80. like murder, rape, arson, robbery… moral issues, all, right?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:47pm
  81. A majority of US Citizens have decided in favor of Marriage Equality, dumba**. It’s the minority of small minded bigots that keep it from happening. Which side of history do you want to be on, moron?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:53pm
  82. no, it’s a civil rights issue and lawrence vs. texas is a proof of that!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:59pm
  83. Cop-out. The same could be said for all the differences between people. Backbone-less supreme court.. imo.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:00pm
  84. Minority rights ought never to be put before the majority!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:00pm
  85. A judge That need to be Educated about A Human right issue…Ridiculous statement, But unfortunately he has the power and The support of millions…Including NOM..

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:01pm
  86. Oh Fuck You , Scalia.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:14pm
  87. stupidity

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:17pm
  88. Homosexuality isn’t a moral issue; Antonin Scalia is immoral!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:19pm
  89. No. Marriage Equality is a civil right? The Supreme Court needs to make a ruling for the entire USA.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:22pm
  90. Justice Scalia, so is murder, theft, genocide, racism, discrimination, and a host of other issues that the court reviews and makes decisions. They are all moral issues so if you don’t want to preside over moral issues then kindly resign so a judge who has the courage to weigh in the issues can take your space.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:24pm
  91. must have a brain to be washed first

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:26pm
  92. spoken like a true moron.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:32pm
  93. People should NOT decide, because civil rights of OTHERS should not be up for a vote!!!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:50pm
  94. a double fool. it is not homosexuality that is an issue but how homosexuals are treated. and in the context of marriage, marriage between people of the same sex marriage is not a moral issue but a question of equal rights–in the eyes of the state.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:08pm
  95. Well, if they said that about the Civil Rights movement, we’d still be segregating Whites and Blacks and the KKK would be running the government. Then again, maybe it is…

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:09pm
  96. blow me you nazi

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:15pm
  97. No it should not be left to a “popular vote” by the people. There are more Heterosexuals than Homosexuals – which tends to make it a little one-sided and unfair. Using his logic – if 600 Million White people wanted a law that said 300 Million Black people should not be allowed to vote, that would be okay? Aren’t judges supposed to be impartial and unbiased? He needs to resign.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:21pm
  98. ‘Cause we’re running our of minorities to bash.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:23pm
  99. I think what he’s saying is that it is up to us to get up off our asses and change the law, that it shouldn’t be left to judges to do it for us. If only it were that easy. &-{/}

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:27pm
  100. Does the ruling to strike down DOMA have to be unanimous? Because if it does his comments don’t bode well and we might as well just forget about it being struck down right now.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:49pm
  101. What a complete ass– moral issue? Is Heterosexual Marriage a ” MORAL ISSUE”?????????? I THINK NOT!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:23pm
  102. The question before the SCOTUS is not if we are moral, but whether these words mean anything in this country that “ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL”..? If this is true then we only want our equal civil rights, nothing more or nothing less.. than any other man/women are afforded..!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:23pm
  103. This “guy” is a child. Laws are made by what the majority of people believe to be morally correct. The people have made their case. Now the Judges must decide by what people presented and what is currently lawful. What he is saying here makes no sense.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:24pm
  104. Yes, marriage as far as the government (Federal or States) is concerned is a civil right..! Remember that separation of church and state thing..!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:26pm
  105. Morally I have decided you are an asshole!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:33pm
  106. JD…he is not gonna vote for us. Hopefully Kennedy will vote for us. If Scalia wigs out for some reason and doesn’t vote it will be a 5 to 3 split.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:40pm
  107. You mean, he isn’t dead yet?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:46pm
  108. scum bag

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:53pm
  109. If that’s the case, the people have spoken. 54-57% agree that gay marriage should be legal.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 9:23pm
  110. Judges have to decide because people can’t effectively.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 9:34pm
  111. this guy needs to SHUT THE “F” UP…..he should NOT be saying such things, when he’s got such cases before him at the moment…..he needs to RETIRE.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:02pm
  112. along with DOMA….that needs to go as well.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:08pm
  113. and leave his religious beliefs OUT OF IT.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:10pm
  114. So. What is he saying? If people think homosexuality is immoral homosexuals shouldn’t be protected say FROM BEING FIRED because they are immoral.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:14pm
  115. JD: i totally agree with you on the “gag order”…..they should NOT be talking about these cases, until AFTER WARD…..HOW is that giving BOTH sides a FAIR SHAKE?…..imo, it’s NOT.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:14pm
  116. Scalia: an ethical issue which, sadly, only time get’s to decide.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:25pm
  117. die

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11:00pm
  118. People have decided, according to the polls…so go way now.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 12:10am
  119. Ugly little man! His face will freeze that way!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 12:33am
  120. He should be disrobed and removed from his lifetime position. These comments are egregious and anti his role as a judge.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 3:49am
  121. I thought judges decided on moral issues previously. Why not now?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 3:58am
  122. this leaves the majority to further persecute, denigrate and murder the minority with impunity and with the blessings of our Judicial system.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:10am
  123. Hatred takes many forms, such as Justice Scalia. STAY CALM and march foward despite the faces of hatred.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:19am
  124. This old bigoted bastard just needs crawl back under his rock.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:34am
  125. Because it’s just so immoral to like someone who happens to be the same gender or did they redefine homosexuality now

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:05am
  126. The debate is not about homosexuality,per se, it is about a matter of law: the American gay community being granted the American citizen rights we are entitled to, as Americans. Perhaps if “people” would quit denying us our due,we would not need such legislation. The matter has been demonized into a battle of right v. wrong by the far right. that is the problem.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:56am
  127. if you cannot be a judge get the hell out of the Supreme court you fat reptile.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:52am
  128. Sexuality has nothing to do with morale!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:21am
  129. You BIG FAT HOMOPHOBIC BIGOT MORON!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:26am
  130. I will be celebrating in the streets when this fat fuck dies you cannot be objective if you have already formed a harde point of view and should recuse yourself from voting. No where in the constitution does it conduct any sexual conduct on the scale/ spectrum of sexuality, it is a document about rights and freedoms that says we the people that means ALL of us.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:32am
  131. Methinks he is a wimp in judges robes

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:40am
  132. The law IS morality. At least it is the civil attempt at codifying morality.
    What a worthless human being.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:58am
  133. how did scalia ever passed law school?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8:16am
  134. did he even take Philosophy? Ethics? what university passed this guy?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8:19am
  135. He’s a relic from the past.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 9:36am
  136. That is not a good sign!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 12:12pm
  137. Scalia needs to STFU

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:49pm
  138. Old school,Republican bigot.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 3:20pm
  139. what a joke LOL

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:18pm
  140. hey fatfuck lose weight and STFU (Scalia)

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:18pm
  141. That doesn’t sound promising :(

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:18pm
  142. We’ll judge your morality then Scalia.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:18pm
  143. I don’t trust the people who take their right to marry and stay ignorant for granted. Just declare Prop 8 unconstitutional and crawl back under your bridge already.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:19pm
  144. What the HELL is the moralistic idiot doing on the highest court in the nation?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:19pm
  145. How wrong can one person be?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:20pm
  146. That prejudiced, religious nut jobs should decide? Did I get a say in their rights to marriage. No I don’t believe I did. People should not be dictating to others based on discrimination…Period

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:20pm
  147. I think they have.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:21pm
  148. So how do immoral right wing Judeo/Christians decide morality?Based on their imaginary almighty God who couldn’t stop Hitler?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:21pm
  149. The same argument was used to justify racial discrimination by employers.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:21pm
  150. You’re not my cleric, Scalia. You don’t need to determine something as a moral issue. You were appointed to determine civil and constitutional issues.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:21pm
  151. And you sir are a royal asshole.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:22pm
  152. Anton Scalia is an ultra conservative judge…NO ONE expected him to side with us…We are not “deciding homosexuality” We are deciding equality…He is such an idiot, and I WISH the press would stop giving him attention

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:22pm
  153. Fat bastard can kiss my perfectly round gay ass!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:22pm
  154. I have so many arguments to logically, methodically pick apart and smash this statement…but I’d need to start my own page to get it all out.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:23pm
  155. Moral issue?! Oh, shut up!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:23pm
  156. Hope that means he has retained the conscience to abstain!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:23pm
  157. Hey, man. You owe some basic respect to the Justice, even if you disagree with his statement(s). In addition, this is not his Supreme Court opinion. You would do well to throttle your outrage and vitriol for when it’s constructive.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:24pm
  158. he does not deserve any respect.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:25pm
  159. Not cool.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:26pm
  160. Speaking out of turn isn’t he without a decision being announced!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:26pm
  161. His way of saying judges are above the ‘little peoples’ petty moral issues?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:27pm
  162. What a horrible ignorant person. Actually he is not a person. And he will burn in Hell for eternity. That’s what I hope

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:27pm
  163. I think his pastor must have touched him inappropriately as a child….. Either that or he ate lead paint chips as a child

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:28pm
  164. I have no respect for someone like this

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:29pm
  165. the man is a moron the court made the decision about blacks marrying whites they can make the basically the same choice again and say all consenting adults can marry the one they love

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:29pm
  166. Asshole

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:29pm
  167. I will, however, say this; “as a Chief Justice, you know better”. Since you so openly and clearly do not feel qualified, however, please abstain.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:29pm
  168. I wonder if this indicates that a majority of SCOTUS will declare marriage equality a constitutionally protected right… but that Scalia will write the dissenting opinion?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:30pm
  169. Guys its judge Scalia he’s been a major conservative for over 30 years what else do you accept ?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:30pm
  170. His son is just the same.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:31pm
  171. His son is just the same.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:31pm
  172. Same thing they said about interracial marriage, I’m sure.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:31pm
  173. you sir are a fool

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:32pm
  174. I absolutely disagree with and loathe Scalia, but do you have to resort to fat bashing/shaming in your opposing comments? There’s enough in the content of his character to attack without having to resort to personal attacks, especially ones that also hurt many of the people who stand with you on this issue.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:32pm
  175. love is love, ask your wife if you have one

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:32pm
  176. I don’t agree with Scalia. I don’t trust people a damn bit! He doesn’t decide what is morally issue because he is against it. Times are changing buddy, accept it!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:37pm
  177. Bullshit. Equality is NEVER a moral issue. And since the people seem to be incapable or unwilling to decide, judges are compelled to take a stand.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:37pm
  178. shouldnt he be in a blue polyester suit like otho from beetlejuice

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:38pm
  179. Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:39pm
  180. Sexuality is NEVER a justicical NOR a moral issue. What two adults do together in terms of sex is their thing. End of story. It has no justicial dimension, it has no moral dimension or any other dimension. Two adult people do what they will on the terms of love and sex. Nobody, NOBODY has a say in that for whatsoever reasons.

    Moral and judges are involved when I kill someone, steal something, NOT when I have sex and love someone. Period. Paragraph.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:39pm
  181. Respect is earned by one’s actions towards others. Discrimination is an act against a targeted group. He clearly is promoting discrimination and, therefore, deserves no respect merely because of his status as a Supreme Court Justice. I respect those who stand for the equality of the Constitution and the rights that the founding fathers of this country ensured everyone would have. When he can look at something unbiased, then I will look into respecting him. Until then, he is just another person using their position in Government to say it is ok to discriminate.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:40pm
  182. IT IS NOT A MORAL ISSUE. It is a HUMAN ISSUE. That is, we are all human. Gay, straight, bi, transgendered. Enough already.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:43pm
  183. i think the moral issue is how the people treat each other. marriage is a legal issue.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:46pm
  184. o3o Yes, but aren’t we people?
    If *we* decide in favor of homosexuality (and any others) wouldn’t that little plan of his backfire?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:49pm
  185. Hey idiot, it’s a human issue! Get with the times.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:49pm
  186. In reality the moral failure here is his discrimination, bigotry and enabling a theocracy to force-their beliefs on the rest of us, that is unconstitutional

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:49pm
  187. He views this as a “moral issue” as in religious more precisely biblical.
    He is blinded by his religious beliefs. DOMMA and prop 8 are civil rights issues, DOMA was specifically enacted by a Christian majority to not permit homosexuals federal recognition thereby stripping them of thousands of rights that heterosexuals receive and stigmatizing and discriminating against a single minority.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:50pm
  188. He’s already decided!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:51pm
  189. Scalia should be removed, too conservative and doesn’t have a grip on today’s world views.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:52pm
  190. Worthless old asshole.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:53pm
  191. Time for this guy to resign.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:56pm
  192. Like all true bigots, Scalia just can’t get over the idea of butt sex. None of us are thinking about sex when we demand equality. He’s an asshole.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:00pm
  193. Let’s not waste any time with these male morons – kill them.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:04pm
  194. I really hope #SCOTUS doesn’t let us down with #DOMA and #Prop8

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:06pm
  195. Guess we know how he’s voting

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:07pm
  196. Because that has worked so well thus far, right?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:10pm
  197. What a douche bag… I’m American…

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:11pm
  198. if he would only add to the headline…people ‘for themselves’, not judges. should decide.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:15pm
  199. How did this loser ever make it to the highest court ?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:25pm
  200. What an ignoramus.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:37pm
  201. It’s really not a ‘moral’ issue. Unless you mean, “The moral of the story is, bigoted assholes make shit up to sound smart.”

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:39pm
  202. Extremist views.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:40pm
  203. How the hell is it a ‘moral’ issue?? It’s an enlightenment issue. Either you’re enlightened on the subject, or you’re not.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:54pm
  204. NO Mr Scalia it is NOT moral issue it is a civil rights issue! I hope the balance of the court understands that, you don’t vote on other people’s rights!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:02pm
  205. Confirms my suspicion that judges aren’t people.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:02pm
  206. Homosexuality (or queerness) is NOT for “the people” to decide. If I want to marry my girlfriend and both of us be fairly protected under the law, with all the rights and responsibilities of married people it is NO ONE else’s business. Neither is abortion. And the death penalty? Please. We need laws because too many people think this country should be run by the damn church. Asswipe.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:04pm
  207. There are far more effective ways of insulting this pigheaded troglodyte than fat-shaming.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:09pm
  208. I say..kick this old man out!!! Time for time limits on ALL politicians and political appointed positions!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:10pm
  209. I’m so torn, I believe it’s up to individual states to dictate there laws, like he was saying, yet being Gay I agree with u.. Not everyone feels this way…

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:13pm
  210. He should not be able to rule on gay issues that comes before him

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:17pm
  211. what does sex have to do with morality?

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:21pm
  212. You are an old fucking out of touch conservative idiot!!!! Get the fuck off the bench you bigot!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:23pm
  213. would like to remind Mr. Scalia that in the 19th century, slavery was considered a ‘moral issue’ that people not judges, politicians, or presidents should decide.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:24pm
  214. It has absolutely nothing to do with morality. What a narcissistic ass this man is. The issue has to do with civil rights and equality.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:43pm
  215. not sure if this is a positive or negative for those of us who love and support LGBT folks…

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:51pm
  216. People should not decide what other people’s morals should be.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 6:55pm
  217. So maybe short people are a moral issue? Dude, height (5’7″ yours) is not a moral issue any more than sexual orientation. If it is maybe you should be compelled to wear platform shoes so you look at least 5’10″, the height of a real man, right? Bonehead :P

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:11pm
  218. Scalia isn’t accountable! In 1967 Supreme Court invalidated all laws prohibiting interracial marriages. In 1973 Supreme Court gave all women rights to privacy and abortion (Roe vs Wade). Scalia doesn’t understand civil rights, equality, morals, people and the U.S. Constitution.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:15pm
  219. Boy would I love to punch that Poppas Discriminating Fat Ass OUT!!! Fricken Bigot

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:19pm
  220. You expected anything else from him.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:27pm
  221. He is a goddamned idiot!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:29pm
  222. If that’s the case then it’s personal and we should throw out all laws pertaining to restrictions on those things. Your argument is specious… Oh and what the fuck happened to Supreme Court not talking about cases that haven’t been ruled on yet. He should be disbarred and removed from the court. So much for liberal activist judges. Oh and one more thing, the last time I checked its not 1776 and our fore fathers gave us the ability to make changes to the constitution because they new that as we move forward in time so does the needs of our laws and constitution change so again specious argument…

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:34pm
  223. Scalia is a greasy turd that needs to be removed with toilet paper.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:53pm
  224. 1) Uh…. no…. judges decide, not the religious bigots.
    2) His face looks stupid.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8:04pm
  225. In the case of Prop 8, the people of California did decide: to outlaw same-sex marriage. It turned out the people were wrong. So the oppressed minority must turn to the courts, who are supposed to be legal experts, to do the right thing and protect their rights against the tyranny of the majority. This has for a loooong time been a primary function of our legal system.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8:04pm
  226. wht is there to be decided upon????? it Is the way it IS….!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8:10pm
  227. So much for his Harvard degrees. Unreal. So when the Caucasian people become a minority it is ok for the majority to make what ever opinion they want on the minority even if it is harmful because they are the majority? Irrational.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8:33pm
  228. So decriminalize gay and let people choose for themselves.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 9:59pm
  229. all this judgy-judgeness ….and he’s not even wearing his “fancy judge-hat”?? what a gyp! I at least expected the villain of the story to be dressed the part of the Dark Ages that he represents.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 10:33pm
  230. Well put!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 11:30pm
  231. Condescending Bastard! He’s the one with the morals issue! I can’t believe he’s still a member of the Supreme Court.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 11:38pm
  232. Everybody hold on, I think Scalia is telegraphing a decision on our favour. The court is going to declare no standing.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 11:52pm
  233. thank you!

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 11:54pm
  234. Wrong our next door neighbors have nothing to say about this issue!!!

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 4:20am
  235. Why has he not recused himself from these cases. He is obviously incapable of performing the duties required as a Supreme Court Justice.

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 4:25am
  236. This guy is a LOSER! How in the world did he make it to the Supreme Court, or even law school!

    Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 4:52am