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Justice Scalia: ’I Haven’t Expressed My View on Gay Marriage’

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Oct 3, 2013
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  (Source:Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press)

Though Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia voted against striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June, the conservative judge said that he’s never discussed his stance on marriage equality and believes the DOMA case wasn’t necessarily about same-sex marriage, Reuters reports.

"I haven’t expressed my view about gay marriage," Scalia said according Reuters. He added that the ruling only applied to a narrow piece of DOMA, the 1996 federal measure former President Bill Clinton signed into law, which bans same-sex marriage.

"The issue in the DOMA case was not whether the Constitution requires states to allow gay marriage," he said during a conference at Tufts University on Thursday. "That was not the question at all. The question is whether Congress can define marriage in all of the statues that Congress enacted to mean only marriage between a man and a woman."

In his dissenting opinion on the SCOUTS’ ruling, the case should not have been taken in the first place because the majority of the judges ignored procedural matters.

Scalia said that he expects the Supreme Court will hear another major marriage equality case.

"I’m waiting for the second shoe to drop," he said.

Scalia is the longest-serving member of the high court and was appointed to the bench by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

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