First, unlike several other justices, Scalia pointed out that he really had no vested interest in the outcome of the homosexual marriage case. The law pertaining to marriage would have adverse consequences, but there are other bad laws, too. What Scalia found “of overwhelming importance” about the illegitimate decision was what it said about “who it is that rules me.” He then declared that the homosexual marriage “decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.”
Scalia contended that the five lawyers’ majority decision robbed “the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
Calling it “an opinion lacking even a thin veneer of law,” Scalia had a number of other biting criticisms of the homosexual marriage decision, too. You can read the full decision, and each of the dissenting opinions, HERE.
Scalia’s Dissent, “The Most Inflammatory Seen From the Court”
By Casey Harper. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution recognizes same-sex marriage, but Justice Antonin Scalia spun up a scorching dissenting opinion lambasting the court for its decision.
“The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic,” Scalia wrote.
He went on, his style some of the most inflammatory we’ve seen from the court.
“‘The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality.’ (Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.” (Read more from “Read the Highlights From Antonin Scalia’s FACE-MELTING Dissent on Gay Marriage” HERE)
Reagan Aides Foresaw Kennedy Gay-Rights Views That Conservatives Now Lament
By Tribune News Service. The origins of Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage can be traced back almost 30 years to the Senate’s confirmation process for justices.
President Ronald Reagan’s administration, reeling after two failed nominees to the court, was looking for a reliable conservative who could get Senate confirmation to the court. The administration found him in U.S. Circuit Judge Anthony Kennedy.
But CQ’s review of documents in the Reagan Library in California found the president’s aides identified “disturbing aspects” in Kennedy’s record. Foremost among them: Kennedy’s actions in a gay rights case.
Kennedy on Friday cast the deciding vote and wrote the majority opinion in the same-sex marriage case, an opinion that vindicates both the fears of Reagan’s advisers about Kennedy and the liberal forces that opened the path to his nomination all those years ago.
Kennedy’s opinion ends with a description of same-sex couples seeking the profound union of marriage like love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. (Read more from “Reagan Aides Foresaw Kennedy Gay-Rights Views That Conservatives Now Lament” HERE)
12 Our offenses are many in your sight,
and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
and we acknowledge our iniquities:
13 rebellion and treachery against the Lord,
turning our backs on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression,
uttering lies our hearts have conceived.
14 So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance;
truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth is nowhere to be found,
and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
The Lord looked and was displeased
that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no one,
he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm achieved salvation for him,
and his own righteousness sustained him.
17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate,
and the helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on the garments of vengeance
and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
18 According to what they have done,
so will he repay
wrath to his enemies
and retribution to his foes;
he will repay the islands their due.
19 From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord,
and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory.
For he will come like a pent-up flood
that the breath of the Lord drives along.