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Antonin Scalia: ‘We protect gay people – so why not child molesters?’

Antonin Scalia: ‘We protect gay people – so why not child molesters?’

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

On Monday Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia addressed this summer’s historic marriage equality ruling at an appearance at Georgetown Law School.

“What minorities deserve protection?” he asked the audience, according to The New York Times.

“What? It’s up to me to identify deserving minorities?”

While acknowledging that the First Amendment protects both religious and political minorities, he strongly implied there’s no way to make further distinctions by basing them off the Constitution.

“What about pederasts?” he asked. “What about child abusers?”

Sarcastically, he added, “This is a deserving minority. Nobody loves them.”

This kind of rhetoric is hardly unusual for Scalia.

In 2013, he said “it’s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections.”

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