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Scalia Explains Why SCOTUS Shouldn’t Rule for Marriage Equality: It Has No Evangelicals

Katherine Nicole Struck of Frederick, Maryland, holds a rainbow sign in support of same-sex marriage outside the U.S. Supreme Court June 26, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
Katherine Nicole Struck of Frederick, Maryland, holds a rainbow sign in support of same-sex marriage outside the U.S. Supreme Court June 26, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

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In his typically ferocious dissent from Friday’s marriage equality decision, Justice Antonin Scalia calls the opinion a “threat to American democracy” because it “makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers.” And those “unelected lawyers” are especially unqualified to render an opinion on same-sex marriage because they are “hardly a cross-section of America.” How so? As Scalia explains:

There are many respectable reasons to oppose the justices’ decision today. The court’s lack of evangelicals is not one of them. 

Read more of Slate’s coverage of same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court. 

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