Being cynical in nature, most stories don’t usually surprise me. However, this story made my blood boil and I checked my calendar twice to make sure it was 2011.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is out saying controversial comments again. His latest is unbelievable and predictable. According to The Huffington Post: “The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation…” Sorry, I politely disagree.
Marcia Greenberger of the National Women’s Law Center: “…under Scalia’s doctrine, women could be legally barred from juries, paid less by the government, receive fewer benefits in the armed forces, and be excluded from state-run schools — all things that have happened in the past, before their rights to equal protection were enforced.”
The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868. No state is to deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Let’s keep it that way.
Part of the Equal Rights Amendment:
“Equality or rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”
However, Justice Antonin Scalia can’t have it both ways. In Gore vs. Bush he used the equal protection clause in his arguments. Also, Scalia believes that corporations have equal protection under the law but women don’t (2010 Citizens United)? It’s apparent that he’s using the constitution when it’s convenient and supportive of his political views.
Equality must be a terrifying thought in some circles…